In Newly Unearthed Video Trump Says ‘If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it’

The president’s push to build a wall has some Americans singing his praises, while according to most polls an even larger number of Americans feel as though a government shutdown is not the appropriate way to accomplish such a task.

With the divisiveness we are seeing regarding the government shutdown and Trump’s demand for a border wall to keep undocumented immigrants out of this nation, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah has unearthed a 15-year-old video thats quite ironic.

The video, from 2004, when Donald Trump gave a speech after receiving an honorary doctorate from Wagner College, shows Mr. Trump giving students some rather useful and encouraging advice. It’s the wording that he uses, however, that brings an ironic twist to his encouraging dialog.

“I’ll tell you, to me, the second-most important thing after love what you do is never, ever give up,” Trump told the Wagner students. “Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it. Go over it. Go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.”

Noah used the segment to poke fun at the hypocrisy in the fact that Trump urged students to never give up and to go ‘around,’ ‘over,’ or ‘through’ any ‘concrete wall’ that comes in their way while seeking their dreams and goals. Meanwhile, he wants to build a concrete wall to keep asylum seekers and immigrants from doing just that.

While Trump’s speech 15 years ago was merely an analogy used to motivate a younger generation in America, immigrants trying to come to this nation are fighting against his wall for the very same reasons these students would have been fighting against an imaginary ‘concrete wall’. The majority of them merely want to build better lives for themselves and their families. The full segment from Trevor Noah’s show on Wednesday can be seen below:

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