In 2011 Obama Predicted Republicans Would Want Alligator Filled Moat at the Border
Long before Donald Trump was elected President, Republicans were concerned about how they could prevent migrants from crossing the Southern US border. It was certainly an issue for Barack Obama during the length of his 8 year term.
During a trip to Mexico all the way back in 2011, Obama made an eerily strange prediction about what conservatives might want to do to secure the border. While speaking with reporters during that time frame, the 44th President predicted Republicans may ask for a moat with alligators.
This remark now seems ironic due to a recent New York Post story. According to the piece, “Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate.”
When Obama spoke to reporters about his trouble with Republican demands, he said:
“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement.But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goalposts on us one more time. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.”
Trump was quick to attack the New York Times story as fabricated. He tweeted this morning, “Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moat stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!”
Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moat stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019