Trump is a stone-cold liar, but his most recent falsehood is beyond the pale, even for him. He had the audacity to say Thursday, “When during the campaign, I would say ‘Mexico is going to pay for it,’ obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they’re gonna write out a check, I said they’re going to pay for it. They are.”
No, this not fake news. See below:
Starting on the presidential campaign trail in 2015, the current president repeatedly said Mexico would pay for the wall. He once wrote in a memo, “It’s an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.”
The main elements of Trump’s presidential campaign were yelling at rallies that he will build a border wall and Mexico would pay every dime. Economists said that would be impossible and Mexico blatantly stated it would never pay for a border wall. Trump wasn’t any closer to getting his wall with “a big, fat beautiful door right in the middle,” something that has pushed the country into a government shutdown for 20 days as of Thursday. Fortune.com reported Trump said Mexico will pay for the wall at least 20 times since 2015.
Every bit of Trump’s border wall argument has been packed with lies. Tuesday night, he claimed illegal immigration drives down jobs and wages for African-Americans and Hispanics, which is also a lie.
According to The Washington Post, Maya Wiley, a public policy professor at the New School, said, “Working ages Black and Latinx citizens who have been denied a quality education, relegated to high poverty communities, struggle because we are not addressing the core investments that would viable economic path for them. We can blame immigrants if we need a scapegoat. But immigrants aren’t creating the problem.”
To be completely clear, Black people aren’t worried as much about undocumented immigrants as they are worried about the growing white nationalism that has been fueling the spate of rising hate crimes. That trend that can be traced directly back to the election and presidency of Trump, who had a lot of nerve trying to use Black and brown communities to justify his false data points.