One of the nice things about writing for public consumption but doing so under one’s own banner as opposed to someone else’s is that you can say whatever you want.
Which is why I can say this: you have to be a special kind of retarded to believe Donald Trump when he tells you Mexico is going to be paying for the President’s border wall.
As Katt Williams put it earlier this year: “I don’t know what kind of Mexicans he knows, but you ain’t fin’ to make a Mexican do shit.”
Well sure enough, Trump is not only walking back the time table for the wall, but also the language around who exactly is going to pay for it. Here’s Bloomberg from a piece out Tuesday:
President Donald Trump may be willing to wait until September or possibly next year to secure federal funding for his controversial border wall, a shift that could make it possible for Congress to finish work on spending legislation in time to avoid a government shutdown.
“Building that wall and having it funded remains an important priority to him but we also know that that can happen later this year and into next year, and in the interim you see other smart technology and other resources and tools being used toward border security,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News on Tuesday.
Trump told a group of conservative journalists gathered at the White House on Monday that he could put off until September asking Congress to include the money in the federal budget. That could remove, at least for now, one of the biggest deal-breakers he’s inserted into talks to pass a bill this week that would finance the government through September, the end of the fiscal year.
“On funding the border wall, Trump said he could get it this week or the administration could come back to it in September,” Trey Yingst, a White House correspondent for One America News, reported in a tweet. A White House official who asked for anonymity confirmed what Trump said during the private meeting.
Right. Of course that still leaves the whole issue of exactly who is going to pay for this up in the air. One cartoonist has an idea:
Here’s what Trump himself had to say about this on Sunday:
Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
If not, here’s WaPo to explain it for you by way of a simple thought experiment…
In the annals of pathetic climb-downs, this Sunday-morning tweet from President Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor:
“Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”
To put those weasel words in context, let me ask a question of all you small-business owners out there. If a customer brings some merchandise to the cash register and promises that one of his neighbors will pay you for it “eventually . . . at a later date . . . in some form,” what are your odds of ever seeing that money? How likely is it that “in some form” means cash? Do you let him walk out with the goods, or do you remind him you weren’t born yesterday?