One of the reasons President Donald Trump is said to be so insistent on building a wall at the southern border is because it would be the ultimate monument to himself.
While Trump himself has never said this, judging from the plaque recently installed among some fencing near California's southern border, his detractors may have a point.
CONFIRMED: President Trump will be visiting the US-Mexico border at #Calexico on Friday. The White House says he wi… https://t.co/OgyYiBq8EP— Rafael Carranza (@Rafael Carranza)1554156867.0
The plaque reads:
"This plaque was installed on October 26, 2018 to commemorate the completion of the first section of President Trump's border wall."
As it turns out, the portion of "new" wall isn't new at all, but a replacement fence that was approved in 2015—before Donald Trump had even announced his candidacy for President. Now, Trump's false assurances that miles of new wall are being built are immortalized.
Attorney George Conway, husband of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, couldn't resist pointing this out on Twitter.
Even their plaques lie. https://t.co/DQnKDcHiBs— George Conway (@George Conway)1554178522.0
“Never mind that ... the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector [said] ... that the project shouldn’t be linked to the de… https://t.co/xBiHPCYTPS— George Conway (@George Conway)1554178897.0
“A September 2017 statement from the Department of Homeland Security said the project would replace two miles of ex… https://t.co/ayEeUxE8ne— George Conway (@George Conway)1554179300.0
And then one final burn:
Also—I know this will come as a shocker—Mexico didn’t pay for it.— George Conway (@George Conway)1554179358.0
At this point, people weren't exactly surprised.
Trump has a pattern of this behavior.
@gtconway3d Just like the ones at his golf clubs proclaiming Trump champion of tournaments there.— miss speech (@miss speech)1554178806.0
@miss_speech @gtconway3d And the fake framed Times magazine covers!— Keysfins (@Keysfins)1554180382.0
And while the plaque may look pristine now, many don't expect it to stay that way.
@gtconway3d Cute plaque. Be a shame if something happened to it. 😏— Lux Veritas (@Lux Veritas)1554180403.0
@gtconway3d Where’s a graffiti “artist” when you need one— sandigomes (@sandigomes)1554179223.0
@gtconway3d That’ll be ‘tagged’ in no time— Liddle’ Wirch Julia (@Liddle’ Wirch Julia)1554208709.0
@gtconway3d Nothing is permanent, much like a Hollywood Star.— Daniel W. (@Daniel W.)1554190050.0
But at least Donald got his shiny nameplate.