After hearing about it constantly for years, we still aren’t any more sure that Donald Trump is going to get his border wall. We seem to be at the moment of truth with Trump rumored to be considering declaring a national emergency to try to push through the funding, but that tactic seems sure to get axed as unconstitutional in the courts.
Most Democrats argue that a wall wouldn’t work even if Trump did get the money he wants for it (he’s asking for around $5.7 billion). In response, Trump and his surrogates have become addicted to offering anecdotal evidence, phrases like rich politicians have walls around their houses so walls must work or, sometimes, if he’s feeling religious, the Vatican has a wall to protect the Pope.
Trump even trotted out border agents to the press during a surprise White House briefing, and the agents told the gathered reporters that walls work.
But recently, we got another bit of evidence that maybe walls don’t work. NBC News obtained a photo of tests that showed the results of a saw on a prototype of the “steel slat” wall that Trump has been advocating for, and it looked rather dismal.
— Jay Yarow (@jyarow) January 10, 2019
And these weren’t military-grade saws — the outlet reported that “personnel were instructed to attempt to destroy the barriers with common tools.”
Trump has decided to say that Democrats actually asked for the steel barrier.
“At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall,” he said during his address to the nation Tuesday night.
But there’s no evidence that Democrats ever asked for a steel barrier instead of a concrete wall. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hinted in her recent address that she would be open to more infrastructure and technology on the border, but she’s said repeatedly that the wall is off the negotiating table.