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.
We are building the wall. pic.twitter.com/VJWNqBGWHm
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 3, 2019
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.
Is this a fence for ants? pic.twitter.com/3wnrHAAxA0
— Kevin, respected (@KevINthe406) October 3, 2019
1) It’s NOT a wall. You can’t see through a wall.
2) You’re replacing old border fence NOT building new.
3) 70% of Americans DO NOT want a border wall.
4) Trump’s ridiculous expensive campaign talking point wall will NEVER be built. PERIOD!
— Michael Petty (@5MilesHigher) October 3, 2019
Replacing outdated barrier with a fence is not a new wall.
PS Fence won’t keep impeachment out. It will seep right through the slats.
— Karen Myatt (@karenamyatt) October 3, 2019
No you’re not. That’s a fence and a fence with just one fatal flaw.
— K9 (@Wholiesabout911) October 3, 2019
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.
— BigBen101 (@NBsky63) October 3, 2019
— By Grabthar’s Hammer (@RealAceFox1) October 3, 2019
Yeah, and it is just as ridiculous…https://t.co/kftmb2BCP7
— Anthony Tompkins (@a_j_t_j_a) October 3, 2019
While some focused on the single piece of machinery and single piece of bollard fencing shown in the video.
I’m no engineer but I don’t think one panel in the middle of a desert is going to keep many people out
— LiDu (@lisa_dubbert) October 3, 2019
@WhiteHouse How many miles of wall have been built? How many miles of wall is there to go? How much has this wall cost? How much of it did Mexico pay for? Stop feeding us BS….
— Chad A. Moentenich (@sl1mrava) October 3, 2019
There’s only one piece and only one machine in this video. Good luck with that poseurs.
— Seasonally Scary (@ra6bit) October 3, 2019
It’s five F’in slats in the 3rd and last year of your presidency. OH and you promised Mexico was supposed to pay for it. You used our tax dollars. You took those tax dollars from the military and vets.
— Suzanne Lindbergh (@suzannebuzz) October 3, 2019
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.
Is this why United States Military Families are not getting required housing? Soldiers and their families left high and dry so you can build a wall in the middle of the desert? Really?
BTW… businesses are having trouble filling jobs because not enough entry level workers.
— MicalMacal (@mpmacal) October 4, 2019
Why? Waste! Worthless! What could we have gotten before Trump stole this money?
— William Hawkins (@WilliamHawkin15) October 3, 2019
— ScottPaynter2 (@CSPaynter1) October 3, 2019
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.