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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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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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It’s Like “A War Zone” At The Border Wall As Injured Migrants Are Being Sent Back Without Medical Treatment

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It’s Like “A War Zone” At The Border Wall As Injured Migrants Are Being Sent Back Without Medical Treatment

For years we’ve heard of horrific stories from the U.S.-Mexico border, and things only seemed to get worse under the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane policies.

Now, with new segments of border wall finished – including 15-feet-tall segments with barbed wire – many people who attempt to cross the border wall are falling victim to severe injuries as they fall to the ground or are torn up by razor wire. Although many are falling into the U.S. side of the border, where they should be receiving medical care once apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol, many are being immediately returned to Mexico.

U.S. Border Patrol is returning severely injured migrants to Mexico without medical care.

Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful wall,” which has torn apart communities along the border region and done nothing to curb migrants and refugees from attempting to reach the U.S., is leading to crippling injuries to people attempting to cross the border amid worsening situations in their home countries.

According to one Texas pastor, Rosalio Sosa, who runs a network of migrant shelters known as Red de Albergues Para Migrantes (RAM), told Dallas News a shelter in Palomas gets about seven injured migrants per week and the situation there looks like that of a “war zone,” with the number of injured piling up.

“This has become a war zone, with war injuries and no resources,” he said. “But governments need to know that deserts, rivers, walls are no match for hunger.”

According to Sosa, Border Patrol routinely sends migrants to Palomas with a range of injuries from minor to serious including those who have fallen off the Border Wall. 

“They just pick them up and send them over here. No wheelchair, nothing. Not even a Tylenol,” Sosa said.  The shelter works to get the men medical care in Mexico.

Many migrants confirm what the pastor is alleging, saying they’re being dumped like garbage.

Many of those who have attempted to enter the U.S. are fleeing political unrest and economic uncertainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They allege that they are being “dumped” back in “Mexico like garbage” without any help or medical aide from Border Patrol.

Pedro Gomez, who attempted to flee Guatemala in January, said his ankles were broken after falling from the wall and he had to crawl to the US border agent’s vehicle.

“I couldn’t even get up, so I crawled inside the migra [US Border patrol] vehicle”, Mr. Gomez said, adding: “they dumped us in Mexico like garbage, a piece of trash. They said ‘stand up, stand up.’ I don’t know where I found the strength.”

For their part, the Border Patrol denies any allegations of mistreatment.

The U.S. Border Patrol has routinely denied any wrongdoing. In fact, in response to multiple allegations from the pastor and several migrants who claim mistreatment, the agency released a statement rejecting the claims. It said the agents regularly encountered injured migrants and administered medical aid to those hurt.

“We routinely encounter injured people on the border, most of which are individuals that have entered the country illegally. When it is apparent that someone is hurt we will administer first aid and request assistance as needed,” El Paso sector border patrol chief, Gloria Chavez, said in the statement.

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