Former congressman Joe Walsh made an impassioned plea to President Donald Trump on MSNBC Thursday, demanding the commander in chief make good on his campaign promise to build a wall on the Southern Border.
Trump has come under intense fire from his conservative base for his proposed deal with Democratic lawmakers that would kick the can down the road on his commitment to ‘BUILD A WALL’ in favor of legislation to protect young, undocumented immigrants.
When Walsh was asked what he thought of Trump’s decision on MSNBC, he didn’t pull punches.
“Devastating,” he lamented. “This is a betrayal. Look, this issue is different. Republican voters will not line up lock, stock and barrel behind President Trump. This issue got Trump elected, period. No amnesty. Build the damn wall!”
“This was the essence of his campaign,” Walsh continued. “If he betrays that promise, he’s dead. He is dead amongst his base, millions and millions of voters will abandon him.”
MSNBC’s Craig Melvin pushed back — asking if Walsh actually believes that the president could ever even secure funding for his (very expensive) border wall.
“Do you really believe that’s ever going to happen?” he asked.
Walsh refused to answer the question, instead claiming that if Trump doesn’t build the wall, he will not get re-elected.
That’s when MSNBC contributor Victoria DeFrancesco jumped in to issue a fact check to Walsh, describing the extensive security that already lines the Southern border, including “700 miles of wall…a virtual wall…12,000 sensors…100s of drones…20,000 border patrol agents.”
“I live on the border,” she continued. “When you say we don’t have a wall on the border, what border are you talking about?”
“There are select areas of the border where it doesn’t make sense to have it. The border patrol head himself said it makes no sense to have a 14th Century wall for 21st Century problems, so it’s nonsensical.”
Walsh maintained that Trump’s voters will still hold the president to account if he doesn’t build a wall. A real, big wall. Definitely not a fence.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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