President Trump has been cooped up in the White House throughout the Christmas holiday, even though first lady Melania and many of his kids retreated to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to enjoy some R&R in the sun. Since it's too cold and rainy to play golf in D.C., the president has opted for his second-favorite pastime: Trolling Twitter.
On Sunday, Trump pointed out that former President Barack Obama and his wife have built a mighty wall around their Washington, D.C., home for protection, and suggested that maybe America just needs a "slightly larger version."
"President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!," he wrote on Twitter.
The Obamas bought the 8,200-square-foot house for $8 million in 2017 (what, you thought they were going to go "home" to Chicago? Not a chance!).
Democrats shut down Congress just before the holidays after the GOP-controlled House approved a spending bill that included $5.7 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which Trump touted throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. Since then, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat expected to become the new Speaker of the House, has been seen dancing at a D.C. party and lounging on the beach in Hawaii.
Trump, though, has been keeping up the pressure for the barrier funding, which amounts to just 0.13% of the federal budget. And while the mainstream media has been reveling in reports that the "wall" might just be a giant steel fence in some places, the president said that was always the plan.
"An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media. Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me!" he wrote Monday in Twitter.
Trump also said: "I campaigned on Border Security, which you cannot have without a strong and powerful Wall. Our Southern Border has long been an 'Open Wound,' where drugs, criminals (including human traffickers) and illegals would pour into our Country. Dems should get back here an fix now."
Of course, it's OK for liberals and Hollywood celebrities to have giant walls around their properties — along with armed guards for protection. While they decry a wall on the border to keep out illegal aliens, and denounce the Second Amendment, that applies only to regular Americans, not the elite.
Trump's tweets came the same day that the family of Obama's former Secretary of State John Kerry demanded to install a wall around around the French property he owns, arguing that people shouldn’t have access to the public beach by his home.
“The path will impact the well-being of residents by knocking down their walls and ruining their privacy,” Brice Lalonde, Kerry's first cousin, said in a statement to Agence France Presse. He said there were “terrorist risks” if the path is opened, “since it will be fairly easy to target members of my family who are politically active.”
Well, yeah. Walls work.