Amidst the national crisis affecting 800,000 federal employees struggling without paychecks during the government shutdown, Donald Trump continued touting his border wall with a blatant lie.
On January 19, 2019, in front of the White House, Trump defended his half-baked wall at the U.S./Mexico border to justify the continued shutdown.
Trump cited the effectiveness of a wall protecting San Antonio, Texas, to prove his point that walls work.
His comment left thousands of people confused because there is no wall in San Antonio, Texas.
The city is also located 150 miles north of the Mexican border, and there would be no need for protecting the city that had been removed from the Mexican border since Texas gained independence from Mexico on April 21,1836.
So people were understandably left scratching their heads over Trump's bald-faced statement. Why?
Because the President has lied to us once again. He told reporters:
"Everybody knows that walls work. You look at different places they put up a wall, no problem."
"You look at San Antonio. You look at so many different places."
"They go from one of the most unsafe cities in the country to one of the safest cities, immediately, immediately."
Filmmaker Adam Best tweeted about the President's fictional wall reference.
Trump cites San Antonio as an example of a city where a border wall has worked. It’s located 150 miles north of Mex… https://t.co/ZPpGObmpmC— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1547917453.0
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg vouched for the city as being one of the safest in the country, despite Trump's claim.
"San Antonio is one of the safest big cities in the nation."
"The Express-News reported last year that crime is at a 30-year low here. The plummeting crime rate is due to the hard work being done by the brave men and women of the San Antonio Police Department."
My San Antonio added that the only known wall in the city's history are the walls at the Alamo, and we all know how that ended. But does Trump?
@JoAnnefromDLH @adamcbest Nah, he thinks the Alamo is a car rental company.— Zoe Samuel (@Zoe Samuel)1547917876.0
@zoe_samuel @JoAnnefromDLH @adamcbest That’s where Davy Crockett rented his last car...— Thomax (@Thomax)1547926041.0
@Onelessnut @DerrickLofton73 @BobbySacamano @zoe_samuel @JoAnnefromDLH @adamcbest Davy Crockett did a great job. I… https://t.co/3OpDpbWlHD— RobinJRance (@RobinJRance)1547974351.0
The more educated denizens of Twitter affirmed the city of San Antonio was safe and denounced Trump for inventing walls that do not exist.
@adamcbest I lived in San Antonio for six years and explored every inch of that city - there is no freaking wall in… https://t.co/qZeTcI2esd— J.J. Hardy III (@J.J. Hardy III )1547918227.0
@adamcbest That’s it! Maybe he took a river walk boat ride, and thought he was still on the Rio Grande... But th… https://t.co/6E8Y50js10— J.J. Hardy III (@J.J. Hardy III )1547918438.0
@adamcbest I bet he said San Antonio because that is the one city he knows which sounds Latino enough to be close t… https://t.co/qzL8cwqnjA— Infinity (@Infinity)1547918286.0
@adamcbest Wal......mart?— Seth Weitz (@Seth Weitz)1547917674.0
According to fact-checking site Snopes, 45 may have confused San Antonio with El Paso, a city he referenced a week earlier.
"El Paso, Texas, went from one of the most unsafe parts or cities in the United States to one of the safest cities in the United States as soon as they put up the wall."
The mockery over Trump's ignorant claim continued.
@PuroSanAntonio @adamcbest The Infamous Wall Of 151 https://t.co/TcytEAsRsq— analisa.nicole. (@analisa.nicole.)1547921953.0
@analisa_nicole @PuroSanAntonio @adamcbest I get it, It’s an invisible wall! Pure genius!?! 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/ames4eoLjn— One (@One)1547925436.0
@adamcbest https://t.co/n0xyDSrN7A— ✨🧟♀️LaStrega✨ (@✨🧟♀️LaStrega✨)1547917840.0
But others saw the inherent danger lying beneath all the humor.
@adamcbest @paulmcclintock It would be funny if it was funny https://t.co/E7B4r2GzBY— Bob Poe (@Bob Poe)1547918349.0
@adamcbest For the love of God.... can SOMEONE please get @realDonaldTrump a map? His shocking level of ignorance… https://t.co/gFmYrL9vya— Shopgirl 🇺🇸🗣☮️ (@Shopgirl 🇺🇸🗣☮️)1547921728.0
@MPierce47 @adamcbest He's not talking to us. As usual, he's addressing his ignorant base, most of whom think Alamo… https://t.co/fDwav03lGF— Shelby Kent-Stewart ™ (@Shelby Kent-Stewart ™)1547925023.0
As we enter the 30th day of the longest shutdown in U.S. history, listening to yet another ludicrous declaration from the President defending his precious wall has become the new normal.