Daily Show Resurfaces Old Trump Speech Telling Students to ‘Go Over’ Any ‘Concrete Wall in Front of You’

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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”:

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.

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Can we say “out of context”? I thought you could. Graduating students. Uneducated illegals. Apples, oranges.

As WHC has pointed out, you’re grasping at metaphorical straws in the throes of deep TDS.

Maybe you should spend time policing spam, like Demi Browne’s below.


Mr. Billinson, metaphor much? I’ve encountered many idiots in my life that have said “no”. I was a prodigious youth who graduated early with an engineering PHD. Great academically, but not so much in street smarts. I see this same trait in my two sons. Later I learned that barriers are often arbitrary and when told “no”, would find ways around it (or them), but legally. What despicable person takes words of encouragement like this from a mentor like Trump, and use their words against them?







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