President Donald Trump spoke to energy workers at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Wednesday night.
The rambling speech lasted a little over an hour, with Trump predictably railing against witch hunts and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT). One claim, however, stood out when the President brought up his long-sought wall at the southern border.
Video of President Trump saying he is building a wall in Colorado. Presumably this is a mistake. https://t.co/pydocFWIJo— Joe St. George (@Joe St. George) 1571864519.0
Trump bragged about building an impenetrable wall in Colorado.
"And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall."
The problem? Colorado isn't a border state. There can't be a border wall in Colorado without excluding New Mexico, an actual border state.
Trump attempted to explain his remarks on Twitter.
(Kiddingly) We’re building a Wall in Colorado”(then stated, “we’re not building a Wall in Kansas but they get the b… https://t.co/90eXJgZ6de— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1571890827.0
But Democratic Senator from Vermont, Patrick Leahy, wasted no time in trolling Trump over the gaffe.
https://t.co/fmE0hiPLNB https://t.co/gMzNIcl5Qu— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@Sen. Patrick Leahy) 1571865812.0
Leahy redrew a United States map to include New Mexico as a part of Mexico, thereby making Colorado a border state and Trump's comment correct. A sharpie sits in the corner, just barely visible on the screen.
Edited with permanent marker, the map alludes to Trump's redrawing of an official weather forecast with Sharpie last month in an effort to vindicate his claims that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama, despite weather officials saying it wouldn't.
People got the joke.
@SenatorLeahy 😂 Nearly choked on my covfefe.— Middle School Graduate Boyd (@Middle School Graduate Boyd) 1571875455.0
@SenatorLeahy Senator, your sense of humor is wonderful. Please keep it up. https://t.co/qsZLnOXOaA— Porpentina (Tina) (@Porpentina (Tina)) 1571881614.0
@SenatorLeahy @funflaw Trump: We're going to build a wall in Colorado, and we'll make (New) Mexico pay for it!— Mo Jong Un (@Mo Jong Un) 1571866433.0
@SenatorLeahy Omg Senator Leahy that's hilarious.— susan morrow (@susan morrow) 1571884450.0
Some thought Trump was just confusing New Mexico with Mexico.
@SenatorLeahy "Wait, theres a NEW mexico?" -Homer Simpson— America's Next Bob Modelᵀᴹ (@America's Next Bob Modelᵀᴹ) 1571870774.0
@SenatorLeahy As much as the president would like to pretend that New Mexico is not part of the country because we… https://t.co/ZBWwic28ps— Nicole Sexton (@Nicole Sexton) 1571869591.0
@SenatorLeahy He doesn't know that New Mexico is a state, does he?— Farmers Daughter🌊🖌️📚 (@Farmers Daughter🌊🖌️📚) 1571874212.0
Geography is hard.