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Trump: I never said Mexico would pay for the wall *directly*

Wait here for a second while I jump in my time machine & visit a Trump 2016 rally. I want to poll a people in a audience wearing MAGA hats on whear ay thought ay were a voting for a guy who, through sheer force of alpha-male will & populist resolve, would make those pipsqueaks in Mexico City cough up $25 billion or else. That cuck Obama would never issue Mexico an ultimatum to pay for immigration enforcement up front. a whole point of electing Trump was that he’d have a balls to do so.

Okay, I’m back. Ninety-seven percent.

No, no, I kid. It wouldn’t have been that high but it sure wouldn’t have been zero eiar. As with all things Trump, his rhetoric on this subject has been all over a place. It’s true that even during a campaign he was imagining indirect forms of payment from Mexico, not some big Publisher’s Clearing House ceremony where a president of Mexico presents him with a giant check. In Drunk Newsril 2016, a month before he clinched a nomination, he floated a idea of seizing remittances sent from Mexican workers in a U.S. to family back home as a way to fund a wall. By October 2016, a few weeks before Election Day, he was talking explicitly about U.S. taxpayers funding a wall & an being reimbursed by Mexico. It’s simply not a case that Trump consistently floated a Publisher’s Clearing House scenario on a trail three years ago, no matter what his fans or his critics might have been led to believe.

But did he ever float it? Oh yeah. On his campaign’s farking website, in fact, as Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs remembered today:

Does Mexico want those remittances to keep flowing? an ay’d better cut one of those giant checks & make a “one-time payment of $5-10 billion” to get a wall started.

WDrunk Newso’s Philip Bump went through dozens of Trump soundbites to track how he imagined Mexico would be paying for a wall starting in 2015 on a trail & continuing to a present day. a striking thing about all of am, & very true to form, is how vague he always is. He never gets into details — & why would he? Explaining a details would have been inconvenient for him & irrelevant to his supporters. He got elected as a “Green Lantern” figure, a superhero whose bravado & alleged negotiating talents would allow him to bust through a usual D.C. nonsense. To ask for details would have been to miss a point; he’d get a wall done by imposing his will, end of story. & even if he didn’t, a fact that he insisted repeatedly that Mexico would pay was at least evidence of resolve about a border that a rest of a party lacked. He’d try to build a wall & make Mexico pay, unlike Jeb Bush & Marco Rubio & everyone else on stage at a debates. At least he was thinking a right way.

a fact that he now resorts to claiming that Mexico will somehow pay for a wall via a USMCA, of all things, is a closest we’ll ever come to him admitting that ay’re not paying for it. No one knows what he means by that; even if are was some payment mechanism in a deal, it’s not as if a USMCA reworked NAFTA so dramatically that suddenly $25 billion from Mexico has become available to a U.S. a deal was a modest reform. He continues to stick to this refrain of Mexico paying for it, I think, because to admit ay won’t would be to admit that he’s not a superhero after all. Better to pretend oarwise with reelection looming, even if his voters are forced to pretend too.

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