Here’s the Truth About Trump’s Border Wall that His Supporters Don’t Want to Hear

Build the wall! Build the Wall! Build the Wall! 

That’s the chant that’s been echoed by tens of thousands of Trump supporters all over the country ever since he launched his campaign on June 16, 2015. Without a doubt, Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall that he said Mexico was going to pay for was the cornerstone of his entire campaign.

Unfortunately for Trump supporters — spoiler alert — it’s never going to be built.

Sure, a tiny section might be constructed here or there, and there might be some updates to existing structures, but this delusional dream of some “big, beautiful” concrete wall spanning the entire border of U.S. and Mexico is never… ever going to happen.

Ignoring the simple logistics that make it impossible, there’s a reason why Trump based a huge part of his promise to build a wall around Mexico paying for it — because support plummets if you ask voters if they think taxpayer dollars should go toward the construction. There’s no way he could have built a campaign promising to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars to pay for the wall.

The problem is, when he made his bold promise to make Mexico pay for it, knowing full well that if he said taxpayers were going to it would have weakened him politically, Trump never had any idea how he would actually go about accomplishing that.

Mostly because there’s not any way for him to make Mexico pay for it.

But he made that promise because he knew his supporters were naive enough to actually believe him.

Furthermore, while the wall is very popular among Trump’s supporters, most Americans couldn’t care less about building it. That makes securing funding for the project all the more difficult considering, even for most Republican lawmakers, pushing for legislation to spend billions on a wall most Americans don’t support is a very low priority.

There’s no situation I can foresee outside of a Congress loaded with a super majority of radical, right-wing GOP lawmakers who’ll give Trump anything he wants (which isn’t going to happen) where this “president” will ever get funding to build his stupid wall — and Mexico is never going to pay for it.

Trump’s continued ranting about his wall is nothing more than his way to pander to his base, manipulating them into believing that it’s actually possible, all so they’ll be distracted from the fact that they’ve been duped by a fraud whose single biggest promise during his campaign was an outright lie.

Similar to how Republicans made sure to keep bringing up Benghazi until the 2016 election, Trump knows if he keeps the wall in the headlines, and as a big part of his political shtick during his rallies, that’s the only thing that’s really important. It doesn’t matter if it ever gets built just as long as his supporters believe it’s going to be. All they need to do is keep believing in his lies and, someday, he’ll deliver upon them.

You know, just like when he promised to release his tax returns.

Oh, wait… 

So, as long as he keeps pushing for the wall, blaming Congress, and especially Democrats (even though I can promise everyone reading this that most Republican lawmakers don’t want to waste time and money on something they know is pointless), he’ll be fine because he knows it’s what his supporters want to hear.

However, no matter how many times he promises he’s going to build a wall, hissy fits he throws when funding for it isn’t approved, or lies he tells about why it’s not being constructed, the simple truth is that it’s never going to be built. 


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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.