Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager, has urged supporters to send actual bricks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as the government shutdown—spurred on by the president’s refusal to sign a stopgap funding bill because he disagreed with Congress’s decision not to provide his requested funding for his proposed border wall—continues.
Since Chuck and Nancy keep stonewalling the President, we’ll send the wall to them, brick by brick, until they agree to secure the border!https://t.co/s0Ve4Nuxmr
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 18, 2019
The news went out in both text and email blasts.
The visual aid phase of the government shutdown. Trump Pence Campaign planning to send faux bricks (not steel slats) to Democrats pic.twitter.com/oNnoOd6nUa
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 18, 2019
Today, in campaign emails: Trump wants you to "send a brick to Chuck and Nancy" pic.twitter.com/hgWwN469UP
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) January 18, 2019
Parscale’s message prompted many to not only remind him that research has shown that an actual wall would not be an effective way to address border security problems, but wonder if he was actually threatening the two politicians.
Hey, Brad… Fentanyl comes into the US from China by mail and from Mexico via legal ports of entry. A wall isn't going to stop it. Why don't you try to actually make America great by address root causes and not building your monument to Trump's racism?
— David Badash (@davidbadash) January 18, 2019
A standard brick costs 70¢, weighs 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg), costs $2.68 to mail, and would unnecessarily tie up gov't mail screeners.
This is childish and petty. And in no way is it funding any border initiative—it's a campaign donation.
— ➖Dustin Miller➖ (@spdustin) January 18, 2019
The Trump campaign is asking supporters to contribute to “send a brick” to Pelosi & Schumer to build the wall….
The overtones of this are not pretty.
And Trump has said he’s now aiming for a steel barrier. https://t.co/wqHK4m2iuQ
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) January 18, 2019
Months after a deranged Trump supporter sent the president's opponents package bombs, Trump's 2020 campaign manager urges Trump supporters to mail bricks to Trump's opponents.
What could possibly go wrong? https://t.co/LUK4VVDOUy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 18, 2019
Concerns about violence are not unfounded. In October 2018, federal authorities apprehended Cesar Sayoc after he sent 13 improvised explosive devices to high-profile Democrats and media organizations that had criticized the president. The president, who has repeatedly railed against the press, tore into the media in a late-night tweet for allegedly “blaming” him for the attempted attacks.
Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, “it’s just not Presidential!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
Parscale’s tweet has been criticized as another attempt by Republicans to absolve the president of any blame for the shutdown which last week became the longest in U.S. history.
Earlier today, the Republican National Committee attempted to blame the government shutdown on Democrats, alleging that Pelosi and Schumer had “ignored the facts” and accused the president of using a “manufactured crisis” to drum up support for the wall’s construction.