June 16th in 2015 Donald Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States of America. Throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called for the construction of a much larger border wall, claiming that if elected, he would "build the wall and make Mexico pay for it” as he said in his presidential announcement speech.
Donald Trump is actually not the first president to ask for money to build a wall between the US and Mexico. George Walker Bush, Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush built fences and walls along the southern borders between Mexico and the US. Even Barack Obama maintained a operating system of roughly 700 miles of physical barriers.
So, the question is why don’t we want Donald Trump to build a wall? And what is the difference?
During Donald’s Trumps presidential announcement speech, he first of all set up the wall promise by taking a hard-line stance, specifically against Latino immigrants. He claimed that Mexican migrants are people with a lot of problems, and they bring those problems to the US and further added, that they are criminal and drug traffickers.
He even went so far as to call them rapists. With these statements he aimed to attract and take advantage of those voters that have anger against a society that is becoming increasingly multicultural and multiethnic.
Now, in 2019 we can look back upon his direct and shocking statements in his speech and conclude that it became almost a routine for him to express prejudice against Mexicans, Muslims – foreigners in general and minorities.
The wall has become a metaphor to Donald Trump and his millions of supporters. It represents a divide between “us” and “them,” a physical separation for those who refuse to accept, that in just a few decades, a majority of the country will be people of color.
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