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According To New Book, Trump Wanted To Shoot Migrants And Build A Wall Protected By Snakes And Alligators

The President of the United States privately discussed creating a snake and alligator filled moat at the southern border to deter immigrants and refugees. This is not funny. Sure, at first it may sound a little funny, but he was serious enough that White House aides had to determine a cost estimate of the moat. 

It should not be taken lightly that the President seriously considered feeding Latinxs to animals because they dared seek a better life in a place that calls itself the “land of the free.” The revelation came from a book excerpt published in the New York Times. So take a trip with me to Yikes City. 

Trump wants to build a snake-filled moat at the southern border.

The New York Times published an excerpt from Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear’s forthcoming book Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration where the writers detail some of Trump’s ideas to keep immigrants off of the southern border between the United States and Mexico. 

The suggestions came during an Oval Office meeting in March when Trump wanted to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border. Officials told him that would be impossible since American visitors would be trapped. 

“Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate,” Davis and Shear wrote. 

Imagine having to be the aide who looks up the “cost estimate” for how much it will be to fill a 2,000-mile border trench with snakes and alligators intended to kill refugees. Imagine not quitting right after that. 

“He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh,” they wrote. 

Trump really thinks he is in Game of Thrones. Imagine watching that Trump-produced video where he portrays himself as a character in Game of Thrones and still wanting to vote for him again in 2020. 

“After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him,” the insanity continued. 

Imagine explaining to this man why you can’t just shoot innocent people, then imagine not quitting your job after having to do so.

The President stole this idea from Obama. 

In 2011, to make fun of how outlandish the GOP’s immigration policy was, Obama said, “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.”

Yes, President Trump is a joker. The only trouble is humanity is not a joke. It is not something we should make a mockery of, yet the President does this to people of color every day with his flippant, hair-brained schemes to deter actual human beings in dire need of care and refuge.

President denies totally accurate claims. 

“Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moat stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!” Trump wrote on Twitter after deleting a previous tweet where “moat” was spelled incorrectly as “moot.” 

But yet again, Trump’s own tweets prove what a liar he is.

First of all, he literally shared a mockup of his dumb border where the spikes are the highlighted detail on Twitter last December. Secondly, as noted in the Washington Post, Trump praised dictator Kim Jong Un’s electric fence surrounding South Korea.

“The president was frustrated and I think he took that moment to hit the reset button,” Thomas D. Homan, who had served as Mr. Trump’s acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Border Wars authors. “The president wanted it to be fixed quickly.”

Yes, because nothing will solve the immigration crisis quicker than feeding children to alligators. It sounds so ridiculous, but take a second to really think about the fact that he actually wanted to do this. This is what he thinks of us Latinxs.

Cleanse your palate with the ritual roasting of Donald Trump. 

“They are going to have to surround Trump’s grave with a moat filled with alligators and snakes to stop people from pissing on it,” Roland Scahill wrote on Twitter. 

Of course, Twitter reactions to this seriously horrifying revelation were absolutely golden.

One person on Twitter asked, “So did Trump decide against his genius snakes-and-gators-in-a-moat idea because the contractor’s estimate came in too high?” 

If you’re wondering what the President is doing right now as the impeach inquiry closes in on him and his cronies, he is tweeting out Nickelback memes to make fun of Joe Biden.

This is the President of the United States, ladies and gentlemen. 

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The Trump Administration Just Announced That They’re Banning TikTok Downloads Starting on Sunday

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The Trump Administration Just Announced That They’re Banning TikTok Downloads Starting on Sunday

On Friday, the Trump administration announced that it would be blocking future downloads of social media app TikTok starting on midnight on Sunday.

“At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

The Trump Administraiton is also taking action against the popular messaging and payment app WeChat, banning American companies from hosting the app’s internet traffic or processing transactions for the app (one of its key features).

Both TikTok and WeChat are the two most popular tech exports from China.

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TikTok is a popular video-sharing platform that allows users to share 15-second videos of themselves dancing and lip-syncing to popular music (among other things). The app recently exploded in popularity, racking up 99.8 million downloads in the first six months of 2020.

TikTok and WeChat have both been recent targets of the Trump administration due to their data-collection practices.

TikTok, specifically, has recently come under fire for violating Google privacy policies. TikTok collects and documents massive amounts of data from their users, like videos watched and commented on, location data, device type, and copy-and-paste “clipboard” contents. The app even records people’s keystroke rhythms as they type.

The Trump Administration has long been suspicious of TikTok’s data-collection, speculating that TikTok might be sending the data to the Chinese government.

The Trump administration has argued that such massive amounts of data in the hands of a foreign government is a threat to national security. TikTok denies that they are handing over the data to the Chinese government.

TikTok, for their part, are not hiding their displeasure about the ban, releasing a public statement saying: “We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”

This isn’t the first time TikTok has gone toe-to-toe with the Trump administration. The social media company sued the administration in August after Trump signed an executive order enacting broad sanctions against the app. TikTok claimed that the order denied the company of due process.

The TikTok ban is making waves because it marks the first time the U.S. has banned a tech app on the basis of national security concerns.

But some critics are saying that there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason behind the ban. “It just feels to me to be improvisational,” said cyber-security expert Adam Segal.

Both TikTok users and concerned Americans have taken to the internet to express their anger at the Trump administration’s decision.

“Don’t be mistaken folks,” said one Twitter user. “Sunday it will be TikTok. Tomorrow it will be twitter, FB, Instagram…you name it…We must protect free speech!”

Another pointed out the hypocrisy of Trump targeting China when he doesn’t seem to be as concerned about Russia meddling in our internet affairs. “I live in a world where TikTok is a threat to national security but Russian interference in our elections is not,” she said. “This is Trump’s America.”

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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, previously undisclosed court documents revealed that almost 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children seeking refuge were denied access to the U.S. and subsequently expelled from U.S. soil. None of these children were given a chance in court.

According to reporting done by CBS News, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have “suspended humanitarian protections” for most migrants crossing the border, on the grounds that “public health law overrides asylum, immigration and anti-trafficking safeguards” in the era of COVID-19.

CBS news made the shocking discovery when investigating the problematic and increased practice of holding and detaining minors in unregulated, privately contracted hotel rooms.

The government is arguing that the practice is keeping the American public safe from possibly COVID-19 exposure from unauthorized migrants.

“What we’re trying to do…is remove all individuals, regardless of whether they’re children — minors — or they’re adults,” Customs and Border Patrol official Mark Morgan said in an August media briefing.

He continued: “We’re trying to remove [the migrants] as fast as we can, to not put them in our congregate settings, to not put them into our system, to not have them remain in the United States for a long period of time, therefore increasing the exposure risk of everybody they come in contact with.”

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But critics are claiming that the Trump Administration is using COVID-19 as an excuse to unlawfully expel as many migrants as possible–regardless of their age.

On Friday, federal Judge Dolly M. Gee ordered the administration to put an end to the practice of detaining children in hotel rooms, saying that hotels do not “adequately account for the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors in detention”. She asked the government to put an end to the practice by September 15th.

It is in the court documents regarding the above case that 8,800 expelled migrant children number was revealed.

“The numbers are stunning,” said executive director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Lindsay Toczylowski, to CBS News. “…To find out that our government has literally taken children who are seeking protection and sent them back to the very places they fled in such high numbers really took my breath away.”

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US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz has defended the unsafe hotel detainment and speedy expulsion of migrant children, saying that stopping the practice would increase risk of exposure to health and customs officials alike.

But even if the practice comes to an end, the staggering number of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children left to their own devices is sitting heavy on the soul of advocates and activists.

“It’s just completely contrary, not only to all child protection norms and standards, but also just completely contrary to our values as a nation around protecting the most vulnerable,” said vice president for international programs at Kids in Need of Defense Lisa Frydman to CNN. “Because we are just wholesale shipping them out without making sure that it’s safe for them to go.”

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