Okay. Let’s take a trip into the obvious.
We can all accept the premise that Trump has claimed countless times that he’s going to build the border wall and that Mexico is going to pay for it. He was unequivocal. Over the years now, he’s floated a lot of sketchy ideas about how this is supposed to work–withholding remittances, etc. Now, of course, reality has set in, as far as funding the wall–to the point where Trump said he’d be fine shutting down the government over the funding. More recently, we’ve gotten a lot of flat-out nonsense about how the “new” NAFTA is going to mean that Mexico pays for the wall, somehow, or as Sarah Huckabee Sanders put it the other day:
“The president has been clear, that the USMCA deal would provide additional revenue through the deal that would show that Mexico is paying for the wall."
Yeah, okay, what? The economics and the math of this make no sense. And in any case, none of this is helping to solve the political problem of practically funding the wall, which makes Trump’s outlandish promise useless.
For those of you who support him, are you ready to agree with Newt Gingrich that this was essentially a “campaign device.” Or, to put it in plain language: a comically self-evident con job that was completely obvious at the time?
It’s like someone asks you to dinner and says: Hey, let’s go to an expensive place. I promise I can get the other customers at the restaurant to pay for what we order. You both order expensive meals. Dessert. Maybe some liqueur. You loosen your belt as the check comes and your dining companion says: Okay, now you need to pay the bill. You need to. I’ve got this idea about how to reimburse you in some unspecified way at some later date.
You’d probably say: Go ■■■■ yourself. You’re a liar.
I AM UPDATING THIS TODAY, 1/10/2019, as the con evolves:
The plan was for Mexico to make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion.
“When during the campaign, I would say ‘Mexico is going to pay for it.’ Obviously, I never said this and I never meant they are going to write out a check,” Trump said.
“I said they are going to pay for it.”