A viral image from a Halloween party for children at an office building for executive branch employees caused many to voice alarm and outrage on social media over the weekend, as it showcased an activity for the kids building a wall, purportedly to show support for President Donald Trump’s barrier project at the southern U.S. border.
The event took place on October 25 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Yahoo! News reported. Children were encouraged to draw on and personalize red rectangular pieces of paper, which were then placed in one of the building’s main hallways.
Those who attended the event privately voiced their concerns, not revealing their names to media out of fear of retribution from the administration. “Horrified. We were horrified,” said one attendee.
Many who weren’t at the event but who saw the images from it online also expressed outrage at the activity, which many deemed to be promoting a symbol of racism. Among those voicing their condemnation was actor Mark Hamill, who tweeted his thoughts on Sunday.
“Children are born innocent,” Hamill pointed out in his remarks. “They can only be taught racism & hatred. What they learned at this #WH event is frightening beyond words.”
Children are born innocent. They can only be taught racism & hatred. What they learned at this #WH event is frightening beyond words. Remember when a #POTUS was a role-model for kids? We're better than this. #HalloweenHorrorStory https://t.co/K3JKDWuGTa
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 3, 2019
Hamill also wrote that presidents are supposed to be role models for children. “We’re better than this,” the Star Wars actor added.
Meanwhile, the real border wall is facing its own PR problems. As previously reported at HillReporter.com, smugglers have been able to break through recently constructed portions of the border wall using power tools to cut holes into the barrier. In September of this year, Trump had hailed the wall as being “impenetrable.”