President Trump has said his promised border wall with Mexico should be transparent to prevent injuries from bags of drugs being tossed over it.
He revealed the bonk-proof concept on Air Force One yesterday, in response to reporters' questions about how the wall was going. “You have to be able to see through it,” he said. “In other words, if you can’t see through that wall—so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.”
“As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them—they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over,” he added. “As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.”
Among those: Trump said he was "not joking" when said he wanted to put solar panels on the wall. “There is a chance that we can do a solar wall,” he said. “We have major companies looking at that. Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border—the southern border. And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.”
Twitter's amateur engineers immediately critiqued the wall proposal.
If people are throwing 60 pound bags over 30 foot walls, they shouldn't be in the drug business. They should be in the freakin' Olympics.— Andrew Luria (@AndrewLuria) July 13, 2017
Seriously he's putting SNL out of business.— Anthony McArthur (@AnthonyMcArthur) July 13, 2017
this will be the best SNL skit ever.— NoFoulPlayWhatsoever (@BelichickThis) July 13, 2017
"we'll make the wall flat so it absorbs more sun"
I think this was an episode from Roadrunner when Wile E Coyote gets hot in head from a 60lb burlap sack labeled "Acme drugs" !— TLIC (@Tamaraciocci) July 13, 2017
The president's brainstorm seemed to come out of nowhere, but it's possible that head injuries are on his mind. On Tuesday, in response to Donald Trump Jr tweeting out an email chain that may incriminate him in collusion with the Russians, longtime GOP strategist Ana Navarro said, "My God, this kid was dropped on his head as a child!"
Construction of a border wall was one of Trump's primary campaign promises. He kicked off his campaign by calling Mexicans "rapists" and "murderers." That did not warm Mexico up to his proposal that they would pay for the wall.
The total cost of a border wall has been estimated at $21 billion, according to a Department of Homeland Security report. Republicans have submitted a $1.6 billion spending bill to begin construction next year. Democrats are universally opposed to the wall, and a vote on the bill risks a government shutdown this fall.