The I-10 Calcasieu River bridge in southwest Louisiana has been fraught with traffic and disrepair for years.
Today, at a chaotic rally for Louisiana energy workers, President Donald Trump promised residents a brand new bridge—after he wins the election in 2020.
Trump promises Louisiana residents a new bridge like it’s a gameshow prize or something pic.twitter.com/HG9Ztbtxt6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 14, 2019
“If we win this election, which is just sixteen months away,” Trump promised, “we’re giving you a brand new I-10 bridge.” The assurance was met with thunderous applause by attendees.
However, given Trump’s track record on keeping promises, many began making a classic joke.
And if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.
— nosusanhere (@nosusanhere) May 14, 2019
@realdonaldtrump has a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you too Maga folks…….
— Colleen Duffy-Smith (@Colleenski) May 14, 2019
Trump: “I have a bridge to sell ya” https://t.co/1hUKpyAV57
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) May 14, 2019
President Trump literally said to the residents of Calcasieu Parish in Louisiana “I have a bridge to sell you.”
— Rob Anderson (@RobAnderson2018) May 14, 2019
Trump literally trying to sell a bridge like some bad punchline. https://t.co/VFADnJROWr
— Punches In Bunches (@eplacentia) May 14, 2019
For those unfamiliar, “If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you” is a way of calling a claim preposterous. It’s derived from conman George C. Parker, who would offer to sell and later accept payment for massive properties—like bridges—that he didn’t own.
It isn’t the first time Trump has promised to build a structure either. You’ll remember that his campaign slogan was “Build the wall.” Now people are wondering if Mexico will pay for the bridge as well.
And Mexico's paying for it! pic.twitter.com/rphkwSxquV
— Punch a Nazi Bannon (@GreatTrump1) May 14, 2019
And Mexico is going to pay for it
— brushmeble (@Brushmeble) May 14, 2019
Ha, will Mexico pay for that too?
— Kathy Buckley (@kathyb5783) May 14, 2019