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The White House’s Halloween Party Had A Station For Kids To ‘Build The Wall’

Just when you thought life at the Trump-occupied White House couldn’t get scarier, the president of the United States decided to hold an actual party for kids there. As reported by Yahoo News, children in attendance at the party which took place on October 25th were encouraged to take part in a build the wall” activity.

For the White House’s big Halloween bash, children were encouraged to take part in Trump’s politics by constructing a wall.

Those who were invited to the event were families of executive-branch employees and VIP guests. Children were instructed to write their names on brick-colored paper cards and then asked to tape their cards to a wall located on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. In photos published by Yahoo News, dozens of red card with the names of the children who participated can be seen plastered to the walls of the Eisenhower offering building. 

According to a spokesperson for Vice-President Mike Pence, each office in the Eisenhower building put up decorations. One of the decorations included a construction-themed display that according to Yahoo “had a sign that read ‘Trump’s Crew.’”  The Hill reported that close to the display was a sign that read “America First,” the very slogan Trump has received backlash and criticism for using because of its close associations with the Ku Klux Klan.

Other activities reportedly included paper plane construction workshops, carnival, and candy games as well as activities that prompted the children to explore what they would do when they grew up. 

According to reports, not every parent was impressed by the decorations so much as they were “horrified.” 

Yahoo News reported that an anonymous attendee of the activities said that they were “Horrified. We were horrified.” Yahoo also interviewed others who attended and weren’t bothered at all. One Trump administration worker said that “everyone loses their minds over everything, and nothing can be funny anymore.”

Ben Rohrbaugh, a former Border Security director in the White House National Security Council who served during the President Obama-era described the wall display to Yahoo News as a “gross thing” to have kids do. “To the extent it’s a representation of an actual wall on the southwest border, the kids have made nearly as much progress as the president has since 2017.”

Immigration activists have been quick to slam the wall display underlining its cruelty and crossing of a line. 

 “I don’t think they understand the amount of pain that people are going through at the border for them to make a joke out of it,” Erika Andiola, the chief advocacy officer for RAICES told the Cut in an interview. “We still are dealing with children in cages even if people are not calling it that, so it’s not a joke.”

Though the White House has not commented on the Halloween border wall activity, Vice President Mike Pence that he had not been aware of it.

“I have no idea. I’m not aware of it,” Pence told Yahoo! News.

Erica Castro, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, slammed the activity on Twitter.

“This is not the example we should be leading for our children,” she tweeted in response to the activity. “During Halloween 2021, we will invite all children and families to the White House with the spirit of unity, joy and celebration.”

Twitter users were quick to respond to the contentious Halloween activity.

Erica Castro, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, also criticized the activity on Twitter.

In a series of posts to her Twitter account, Castro condemned the event and shared that under a Castro administration, “everyone matters. Everyone is welcome.”

“This is not the example we should be leading for our children,” she tweeted. “During Halloween 2021, we will invite all children and families to the White House with the spirit of unity, joy and celebration.”

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