In modern times, the idea of a moat as a defense sounds ridiculous. Fill that moat with snakes and alligators and you have the plot for a James Bond or Austin Powers film.
But that suggestion—a border moat with reptilian deterrents—is precisely what the President of the United States suggested. And not Presidents Martin Van Buren or Millard Fillmore—whose mid 19th century options were decidedly limited.
President Donald Trump—the fourth President to serve in the 21st century—made the suggestion according to a report by The New York Times. But only after being told shooting migrants even just in the legs would be illegal.
Yes, Trump wanted a moat. With alligators.https://t.co/gYA0OzEz8y
— ZiggyB23 (@ZiggyB23) October 2, 2019
Once news broke of the gator and snake-filled moat, Dr. Evil starting trending on Twitter.
Half of the country supports Dr. Evil and I still can’t wrap my head around that. https://t.co/k0unfo5C7i
— swarthy genderfluid child (@dorkoramadesign) October 2, 2019
This is indistinguishable from Dr. Evil’s demand for sharks with laser beams on their foreheads. https://t.co/CfjfKPPVUy
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 1, 2019
"It sounds hard to believe, doesn't it? Did Dr. Evil come up with that?" pic.twitter.com/SKiPmAKw06
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 2, 2019
You’ll recall that in Austin Powers, the Mike Myers comedic caricature of every Bond villain, famously asked for a pool of sharks with “frickin’ laser beams” as a weapon.
No word on whether Trump wanted frickin’ laser beams on his alligators or not, but the similarity in thought processes was too close for people to not make the connection.
Trump needs to put down the cable remote….too much 007 and Austin Powers pic.twitter.com/oFpJ1NXGGB
— StillHere 🌊🌈✌🇺🇸 (@DouglasStill) October 2, 2019
I was pushing for sharks with friggen laser beams attached to their friggen heads. pic.twitter.com/9qbCMN8Xql
— another day in paradise⭐⭐⭐ (@ezy06001) October 2, 2019
Unhinged. Snakes and alligators in a moat? These are not the ideas of a “stable genius”.
— Greg Butler (@coachb31ww) October 2, 2019
Sources have sent us actual blueprints that were drawn up. As you can see, it will be a toss up on which occurs first, the leg shot or the alligator bite? If the guards aim is good enough it is possible the leg shot may happen while the intruder falls into the moat. #DHS pic.twitter.com/cAeHYyL9CL
— Southside Paducah News Team (@RonBeeton) October 2, 2019
Only a diabolical monster can think of such atrocities.
— Carlos Bustamante (@beethgogh) October 2, 2019
“Get back in the moat!!” pic.twitter.com/poauSu0rEH
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 1, 2019
Just put Chumpo in the moat. He’s the biggest snake in the grass I’ve ever seen.
— JaCkiE (@Jay_C_Creature) October 2, 2019
Snake. Filled. Moat. pic.twitter.com/BDo9qvnYNA
— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) October 1, 2019
They actually priced out a moat filled with snakes.
THEY ACTUALLY PULLED TOGETHER ESTIMATES ON A MEDIEVAL SNAKE MOAT. https://t.co/aD8EInoabJ
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 2, 2019
like wtf is the 25th amendment for if not to remove a potus when they propose a moat full of wild animals to secure the border
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) October 2, 2019
President Trump responded on Twitter to the story he wanted a border “Moot” which was later deleted and corrected to read “Moat.”
Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moat stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
— Sean Bjartdag (@Lord_Other) October 2, 2019
But not before being captured for posterity.
Trump’s respect for grammar is moot. pic.twitter.com/deeKOFspsN
— Eva Putzova (@EvaPutzova) October 2, 2019
If he is so smart why does he consistently make grammatical errors? The fact this idiot wanted a moat filled with alligators and an electrical fence with large spikes at the top is some Dr. Evil inspired “genius”.
— ♡ (@mind_arson) October 2, 2019
$6.1 billion dollars is being transferred from the Defense Department’s budget to pay for Trump’s border wall. Perhaps they can also offer a 21st century solution for security?