President Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to throw a fit about a recent report that shows his administration has not constructed one square mile of new border fencing.
Considering that his primary campaign issue was the construction of a wall across the entire border, his continual inability to make any headway on the project is a source of great frustration and humiliation to him.
In a sudden attempt at a face-saving shift, the President got mad online, probably after seeing a television segment about his wall, and tried to argue that the sections of border fencing that his administration has “totally replaced” somehow counts as the “New Wall” that he promised the nation three years ago.
When we rip down and totally replace a badly broken and dilapidated Barrier on the Southern Border, something which cannot do the job, the Fake News Media gives us zero credit for building a new Wall. We have replaced many miles of old Barrier with powerful new Walls!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
The subject arose a few days ago when right-wing outlet the Washington Examiner ran a story entitled “Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office.”
“The 50 miles of completed replacement barrier is a 10-mile gain since early April. In Trump’s two and a half years in office, his administration has installed an average 1.7 miles of barrier per month, and none of it in areas that did not previously have some sort of barrier. A total 205 miles of new and replacement barrier has been funded in the two and a half years since Trump took office” sniffed The Examiner.
The Examiner clearly thinks this is a bad thing and wanted to provoke some kind of reaction from the president, which they got.
While it’s been very hard for the Democrats to rack up any substantial wins during the Trump administration, the complete frustration of his plans to build a colossal monument to his ego and to racism across the southern border is definitely one of them. We can’t take our foot off the gas as his final year approaches.