If you’ve been around the internet at all in the past two years, you know that Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. There are a whole lot of reasons why he wants the wall and why talking about it plays well with his base. There are also a whole lot of reasons why it’s a terrible idea including: it probably won’t make a difference, it’s going to cost tens of billions of dollars the government doesn’t have, it will endanger some animal species and OH YEAH it’s divisive and racist.
We’re not focusing on that today though. Today, let’s appreciate the humour in this whole ordeal. At the end of August, Trump said that he was going to have several prototypes of the wall created and tested to see which one would stand up best if under attack (because apparently he thinks that’s likely).
Prototypes were to be built 30 by 30 feet, completed in 30 days and be able to withstand 30 minutes of assault (does that criteria sound like a Dora the Explorer task to anyone else?). That wasn’t the only criteria though. He also said during the summer than he wants the wall to be ‘see-through’ so that Mexicans can’t throw drugs onto unsuspecting Americans on the other side (no joke) and have solar panels to perhaps generate electricity to pay for the wall. Speaking of paying for the wall, Trump still hasn’t secured funding for it and his initial estimate of $4 billion during his campaign is a far cry from the $25 billion estimate calculated by the team over at Last Week Tonight.
Here’s a look at the 8 nearly-finished prototypes for President Trump’s border wall
(📷: NBC News) pic.twitter.com/CAt3dS6Use
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 23, 2017
Well, the border wall prototypes are nearly finished, people, and they are looking fantastic. Or should we say, the jokes people are making at their expense are fantastic. With all those mostly-identical-but-slightly-different walls lined up, it looks like Trump is about to judge a Miss Universe competition–finally something he’s actually got experience in.
In mid-October, Colbert tried to sell everyone on the idea
Trevor Noah saw it as more of a ‘Wallprentice’ situation
Some people immediately noted similarities to other large stone walls
The prototype of Trump’s border wall has confused the locals pic.twitter.com/77RoIdiYaW
— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) October 24, 2017
Trumpkins react to the border wall prototype. pic.twitter.com/CzA5W8lqpq
— Daniel Meersand (@DanMeersand) October 23, 2017
Others started picking their favourite contenders
happy to say we’re nearing completion on the border wall prototype “large grey rectangle”, a lot’s gone into the design and we’re very proud pic.twitter.com/NYeLRqlAQ3
— Ozzuary (@TheBigEasyofOz) October 12, 2017
Its official: lets call this border wall prototype the Lice Comb Wall pic.twitter.com/31yUJfCT0k
— Reece Jones (@reecejhawaii) October 23, 2017
Others pointed out a few crucial flaws
— Maddox (@maddoxrules) October 18, 2017
US Customs and Border Protection released this footage of border wall prototypes.
But like, if a drone can fly over the wall… pic.twitter.com/W88oVeSPeE
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) October 20, 2017
And some people just hope they’ll be able to take their grandkids to these historic landmarks one day
I hope we leave these up permanently as a monument to the stupidity and racism that got us here today. https://t.co/yY2us2Iyz7
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) October 24, 2017
It would be sad if stonehenge turned out to be a druidic border wall audition. https://t.co/ofbIOn4bka
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) October 24, 2017