Can you live in a world without avocados? Some Americans aren’t sure they can, and are begging the president to keep the border with Mexico open so they don’t have to contemplate such a future.
“@realDonaldTrump bro please I’m sorry about all that stuff I said about you please don’t take away my avocados,” one guy wrote on Twitter with an emoji crying buckets of tears after it.
News organizations reported this week that Trump closing the border may mean the supply of avocados will drop off sharply, leading to price increases and possibly, in some cases, no avocados to be found anywhere.
“What?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” wrote one Twitter user in a tweet reminiscent of the scream of a protester on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in January of 2017 as Trump was sworn in to office.
But most Americans seem fine with doing without avocados for awhile if it means a secure southern border.
We don't need no stinking AVOCADOS! pic.twitter.com/08aZA1qzVW
— Montgomery Granger (@mjgranger1) April 3, 2019
On Monday, MSNBC warned its viewers that the United States will run out of avocados in just three weeks if Trump closes the border with Mexico.
“No mention, though, that 80% of the fentanyl in the US is funneled over the southern border,” commentator Tammy Bruce wrote on her website. “Because…avocado toast!…priorities!”
Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, says he’s willing to go without avocados to stop the abuse of children:
I will give up avocados for the rest of my life if it means kids aren’t sex trafficked anymore across the southern border
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 3, 2019
Arizona congressman Paul Gosar, a Republican who represents the north suburbs of Phoenix, tweeted that scarcity of a few items like avocados or tequila doesn’t compare to the thousands of lives lost from drugs that have been brought in to the country and the ill effects on the country of uncontrolled immigration from Latin American countries.
The “debate” about tacos, avacados or tequila becoming scarce temporarily hardly compares to 70,000 dead this year from drugs from Mexico, thousands killed by illegal aliens, sex trafficking, MS13, contagious diseases, and lower wages. Not even close. Secure the border. Now. https://t.co/BPhCzlLJcq
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) April 3, 2019
One person noticed how strange it is that the Left seems more interested in avocados than national security:
Trump: We should end the sex trafficking and human trafficking on the southern border!
The Left: But avocados!!!
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) April 3, 2019
Who cares about the loss of avocados if we close the border. I care more about the Angel families that had a loved one taken from them because of illegal immigration.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) April 2, 2019
Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday that the price of Hass avocados, the most common variety, grown in both Mexico and California, jumped 34% this week on news of the possible border closing.
Singer Kaya Jones, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls and now a Trump supporter, also weighed in, saying she’ll happily eat American-grown potatoes over Mexican-grown avocados.
Idaho potatoes 🥔 over avocados 🥑 everyday of the week! American made and way better for us potassium wise!
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) April 2, 2019
Political commentator and newsmaker Jack Posobiec, meanwhile, posted a story about avocado profits going to ruthless Mexican drug cartels.
Powerful Mexico Cartels Extort Millions from Avocado Industry – InSight Crime Reporthttps://t.co/CKA7jH6K8J
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 3, 2019
The liberal New York Daily News, often called the “Daily Snooze” by its rival the New York Post, seemed unconcerned about border security, and ran a cartoon that some liberal Manhattanites could surely relate to:
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 2, 2019
Closing the border with Mexico would mean closing the official checkpoints through which goods enter the United States from Mexico, most on trucks, and would stop all road travel back and forth between the two countries. But it would not have the effect of closing other areas of the border, which cannot effectively be closed without a wall or fence.
The president issued the threat after news that one million illegal immigrants were expected to enter the United States through Mexico this year, adding to the more than 20 million illegal immigrants already in the country.
“While closing the border would hurt the U.S. economically, it would hurt Mexico a lot more,” commentator James Carafano wrote on FoxNews.com on Wednesday. “The closure threat clearly translates in Mexico City as ‘do more.'”
The United States is the third largest avocado grower worldwide, with most avocados grown commercially in California and Florida. In 2016-2017, California produced almost 216 million pounds of avocados.
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