Twenty days ago, President Donald Trump shut down the federal government because Congress refused to give him billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico, which Trump without evidence has insisted would prevent migrants from entering the United States illegally.
But Trump was not always such a big believer in walls.
On Wednesday, The Daily Show unearthed a fifteen-year-old clip of Donald Trump giving a commencement address at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York in which Trump encouraged college graduates to conquer metaphorical walls that stand in the way of success.
“I’ll tell you, to me, the second-most important thing after love what you do is never, ever give up,” Trump said.
“Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. 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.”
Oh man, once Trump gets his wall he better hope no one shows Mexico this old video we found. pic.twitter.com/FtzeGlmecz
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 10, 2019
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, himself an immigrant, scolded Trump for his flagrant hypocrisy.
“If there’s one thing we know, it’s that nothing will stop immigrants from trying to come to America,” Noah said. “This is a place that people dream of coming to, because people trying to make a better, safer life for their families will do anything to achieve that dream. And I know Donald Trump understands this — because of this video we found from 15 years ago.”
Amazing. There really is a tweet for everything Trump says or does.
lol this might just be the best find so far 😂
— Denis (@Gramatik) January 10, 2019
— Samantha Landau (@broomsticknpen) January 10, 2019
at this point i feel like he just really likes saying the word wall
— stadic (@Stadic777) January 10, 2019
Who ever found this gem! I owe you a beer fella!
— Alex Tello (@alex_mty15) January 10, 2019
Please please please play this every night to start the show!
— Carl Wilson (@Darthwriter) January 10, 2019
He is nothing but One contradiction after another and he wouldn’t have it any other way
— Bad Language (@Christophera65) January 10, 2019
There’s always something out there with this guy never fails
— ЖTИ (@killthenoise) January 10, 2019
Now that Trump is president, his internalized, unsubstantiated rhetoric and obstinance over a border wall are testing the limits of our country’s institutions.