President Trump drew applause at a Wednesday rally in Cedar Rapids, Ohio, when he publicly revealed plans to attach solar panels to his controversial southern border wall project. Trump had previously pitched the solar wall to congressional republicans in a June 6 meeting.
We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. -Donald J. Trump
While discussing the merits of the project, Trump mused:
Think of it - the higher it goes, the more valuable it is!
The wall - a core promise made by Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, is intended to stem the flow of drugs and illegal immigration into the United States. Candidate Trump repeatedly claimed that Mexico would pay for the wall, however when it came time to discuss details after the election, Mexican leaders pushed back fiercely. In response, Trump suggested that the United States would pay for the wall upfront and find ways of extracting payment from Mexico later.
Trump pointed out that by attaching solar panels to the wall, "Mexico will have to pay much less money - and that's good, right?"
Marketing to Liberals 101- In what's sure to keep left leaning fact checkers snarking away into the night, President Trump claimed the solar panels were his idea - a statement that's pure bait for petty pundits like Rachel Maddow, who will inform her dwindling audience that plans for solar have ackchually been included in several designs submitted to the Department of Homeland Security by over 200 companies since the project was announced. Once Maddow fans smugly scoff at the incorrect statement, the fact that Trump is building a green, earth-friendly solar wall be the message which reaches liberal hearts and minds - especially in swing states - counteracting some of the outrage over the 'injustice' of forcing illegal immigrants to get in line before legally residing in the United States.
To that end - during the rally, Trump said he favored legislation which would block welfare benefits for new immigrants for at least five years.
“The time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially, and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years”
Green energy and sustainable, legal immigrants... what a concept.