The news broke recently that $6.1 billion of Defense Department funds would be diverted—under the authority of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and made possible through President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and deployment of military resources—to pay for Trump's border wall project. To show the progress being made with the money originally slated for military construction projects, the White House Twitter account shared a video.
The clip of a single section of bollard fencing being raised was captioned:
"We are building the wall."
You can watch and listen to the video here.
Despite the rousing soundtrack and production values, people were less than impressed.
Many pointed out, again, that bollard fencing makes a fence, not a wall.
Others brought up the many photos and video of people demonstrating how the placement of the bollards in the fence make it easy to climb in a matter of seconds.
While some focused on the single piece of machinery and single piece of bollard fencing shown in the video.
The fact the money came from the military and the impact taking that money would have on military families featured prominently in responses to the White House video.
Trump's border wall was a major part of his 2016 campaign. While running for President, Trump repeatedly claimed he would build a wall that would not be a fence and it would cost United States' taxpayers nothing as Mexico would pay for it.
Despite his administration, MAGA rallies and supporters claiming Mexico is paying for Trump's fence and the fence is a wall, fact checkers call both claims false.
As of Friday, October 4, 2019, the 2020 presidential election is 395 days away.