It’s no secret that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and beliefs have changed over time — the Republican president was once a major Democratic donor — but a 14-year-old video resurfaced by “The Daily Show” on Wednesday shows a particularly comical contradiction by a younger Donald Trump.
“Oh man, once Trump gets his wall he better hope no one shows Mexico this old video we found,” “The Daily Show” account tweeted along with a clip from Trump’s 2004 Wagner College commencement address.
In the clip, Trump offers the kind of optimistic and encouraging metaphor that’s not at all uncommon at a graduation ceremony. But the crux for Trump’s metaphor — a wall as an obstacle to be surpassed — makes for an interesting juxtaposition with his current rhetoric on a wall being the only thing that can protect the country.
“Never, ever give up,” he says in the video. “Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen.”
But the next line, which is almost too good to be true when viewed today, nails home his point:
“If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.”
Watch the video below, via “The Daily Show”:
Oh man, once Trump gets his wall he better hope no one shows Mexico this old video we found. pic.twitter.com/FtzeGlmecz
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 10, 2019
The rest of Trump’s 2004 commencement address is available on YouTube, though he offers no advice to graduates on what they should do if they encounter a steel slat barrier in their way.