Since the start of the 2016 campaign, former President Donald Trump promised his followers a "big, beautiful wall" at the southern border—a move he said would stem the "invasion" of immigrants from Mexico, whom he falsely claimed would pay for the wall.
Despite his lies about the wall's construction, only 15 miles of new wall was built over the course of his time in office.
Trump frequently touted the supposed strength of the wall and promised to spare no expense, saying on the campaign trail in 2015:
"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I'll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border."
That was most recently proven near Douglas, Arizona, where photos by Fernando Sobrazo of the Cuenca Los Ojos environmental group showed heavy monsoons left Trump's beloved border wall in shambles.
Trump's boasts about the wall's strength literally didn't hold water.
Silver Creek near San Bernardino NWR. Monsoon storm leave gates in disrepair. #BorderWall https://t.co/6F1IkNK8zo— Kate Scott (@Kate Scott) 1629406175.0
It's worth noting that when the Trump administration began its effort to build the wall in 2017, the Department of Homeland Security waived dozens of environmental laws in order to speed up the process—a move that soon got it slapped with an unsuccessful lawsuit.
People saw the destruction as yet another failure for a historically unpopular administration.
$15 billion for a wall that can't resist water. This is easily the most pathetic symbol of xenophobia in America. https://t.co/r2CegQWuyg— Fifty Shades of Whey (@Fifty Shades of Whey) 1629563731.0
The thing about a wall across the entire border is that there are these things called “rivers” and they occasionall… https://t.co/CYWteUtuI8— Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@Aaron Reichlin-Melnick) 1629411925.0
Such a unneeded, costly stunt. No one on the border is surprised by its failure. https://t.co/1Bin33jZ9t— MakeAmericaNorwegianAgain (@MakeAmericaNorwegianAgain) 1629416184.0
I've seen Houses of Cards with more stability. https://t.co/hUZnNLerSx— Race Cooper (he/him) (@Race Cooper (he/him)) 1629593323.0
Imagine building schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, viable water sources with the billions of dollars that were wa… https://t.co/JiA5x1IiOb— I’m not paying for this shit! (@I’m not paying for this shit!) 1629570230.0
The construction contractor got $646 million from the Pentagon in 2019, and another $524 million in 2020 to build t… https://t.co/38ner2AiNe— Michael Paarlberg (@Michael Paarlberg) 1629729695.0
Apparently nature herself wasn't even a supporter of the wall, they joked.
Where there’s a wall, there’s nature’s way. https://t.co/SVv9gNBTcP— ThePabloVerse (@ThePabloVerse) 1629467310.0
Even Mother Nature thought it a bad idea lol https://t.co/0Ad8wdS9rp— Tucker johnson (@Tucker johnson) 1629415076.0