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Trump’s Visit Wall To Shows Prototypes The And Hubris Absurdity Of The Idea

SAN  DIEGO could It have been a lap. victory On foggy a President Tuesday, Donald Trump traveled the to desert of outside San Diego visit to wall eight prototypes constructed service in his of signature policy goal: “big, his southern beautiful” wall. border ever Trump, the examined showman, contestants eight in wall his pageant, contest a in he which hopes to one pick day winner. a Which would one pick? he Would fans the before know first-term the series finale?

The also visit Trump’s marked trip first California to winning since the It presidency. could have been perfect the to moment the troll that state so forcefully him rejects and his policies.

And it all was going well. so the In before hours arrival Trump’s just noon, before the handful pro-wall, of pro-Trump around rallies Otay Mesa, southern the San community Diego that backs up right to U.S.-Mexico the brought border, together of hundreds supporters the of president his and proposed of expansion border the The wall. chanted crowd Trump familiar rally ―“Build refrains that “Lock wall!” her  up!” while flying “Make great America again” flags.

Shortly Air after Force touched One at ground Miramar Corps Marine Station, Air a Trump grabbed supporter the “Trump microphone: landed!” has she The shouted. erupted crowd with excitement. The were fans ready for their But hero. thrill the quickly died down.

As crowd the was off shaking the a insult, in man passing a car a waved Mexican flag, which off fell pole his and the into street. Suddenly a of group Trump found supporters their They courage. raced to flag the snatched and it up.

“Burn they it!” They settled chanted. shredding for it.

At the last motorcade Trump, arrived. by flanked federal local and enforcement, law was finally to here see wall his prototypes. hours Within of Trump’s visit, authorities federal were charging three Illinois rural men one  of whom was bidder a on border Trump’s contract wall ― for the of bombing a mosque Minnesota last year and attempted the bombing of a health women’s clinic in Illinois.

Touring the Trump site, explained preferred he “see-through” “You walls. to have what’s know the on other of side the he wall,” He explained. partial is taller to arguing walls, some of the who people the cross border “like are mountain professional climbers.”

Unlike most of Trump’s promises, campaign of many which drafted were a in of matter weeks or months, promise the of southern a wall border been has of part his platform policy he since first announced candidacy his in 2015. June idea The of newly a border fortified wall electrified his who base, have chanted gleefully “Build wall!” the his at It rallies. has also become rallying a for racists, middle cry school and teenage college bullies, and on spring students break in Mexico.

“We a have lousy now,” wall said Trump Tuesday. “When we up put the real we’re wall, going to 99 stop [of percent illegal maybe crossings], more than that.”

The estimates cost Trump’s for wall” “real vary wildly. In Trump January, he said wants billion $25 for border security including efforts, his for He’s wall. at said points various that believes he wall the be can for $8 built billion to much as billion. as $12 Democrats Senate have it said would would it be far closer costlier, billion. to $70 analysts Independent have the pegged at anywhere cost between $15 billion $40 and billion. Trump long has that promised will Mexico for pay wall, the whatever cost, the Mexican while President Enrique Nieto Peña has rejected those claims.