MSNBC host Tamron Hall faced off against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, attempting to get some actual, hard details from the Teflon Don about his plan to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
A Great Wall
One of the central features of Trump’s initial campaign bid that got lost in the rest of his xenophobia was his campaign to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. There for a while, it was so popular that Scott Walker — remember him? — tried to ape the idea by suggesting we build one between the United States and Canada.
MSNBC reporter Tamron Hall tracked down the Donald on Tuesday, attempting to get some actual details about the wall.
“You’ve talked a lot about building this wall, a very big wall,” Hall said, addressing the candidate. “How much will the wall cost?”
According to Trump, it’d cost a “tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico,” and he estimated the cost to be about $8 billion.
But you’re doing construction numbers, not real numbers. You bring up, for example, the Great Wall of China that was built with slave labor. You don’t have that in the United States.
Trump said that he thought the Great Wall was “a good example” and added, “We can build a Great Wall.”
We have 2,000 miles, it’s long, but it’s not 13,000 miles like they have in China.
And that 13,000 miles didn’t help stop the Mongols, who built the largest land empire in human history, unmatched by anyone before or since — and that land empire included Eurasian on both sides of the wall.
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