Two reporters with The New York Times have claimed in a dubious new book that President Donald Trump sought earlier this year to fortify the walls along the southern U.S. border with flesh-piercing spikes, alligator-packed moats, and electrical charges.
In their soon-to-be-released book, “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration,” reporters Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis also claim that the president broached the idea of allowing U.S. Border Patrol to stop illegal aliens by shooting them in their legs.
“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. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh,” an excerpt published Tuesday by the Times reads.
“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.”
It’s unclear why it would be illegal for U.S. Border Patrol agents to employ potentially lethal force to defend themselves from violent, rock-throwing illegal aliens.
This dubious excerpt has spurred outrage from the left (*Language warning):
Trump’s cruelty is no longer shocking, but this is next level.
Asking agents to shoot migrants, fill pits with alligators and snakes, build flesh piercing walls…
His callousness should be terrifying to everyone — regardless of party. https://t.co/brxhFJlsDA
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 2, 2019
Fascism at US. Border: President Trump suggested that soldiers shoot migrants in the legs to stop them from getting away, and he told advisers that he wanted a moat filled with snakes or alligators around the border wall with Mexico. https://t.co/OokQJ1ZPh4
— Renata Avila (@avilarenata) October 2, 2019
Let this sink in: The president encouraged violence against migrants by suggesting that border patrol shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. Donald Trump will stop at nothing to fulfill his extremist, anti-immigrant agenda. 1/3 https://t.co/sQ2LXwIVoa
— Families Belong Together (@fams2gether) October 2, 2019
I’m sick reading this—Trump fantasizing about shooting migrants, about stocking the RIo Grande with alligators and snakes, about spikes on his wall that pierce human flesh.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 2, 2019
It deserves a 2nd tweet. The President of the United States wanted to:
1. Build a trench under a wall filled with alligators.
2. Electrify the wall and add spikes.
3. Shoot migrants in the legs.
To every Republican who continues to enable this man: where is your conscience? https://t.co/NfAXwCt33A
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) October 1, 2019
“To every Republican who continues to enable this man: where is your conscience?” the radically far-left group Indivisible angrily tweeted.
Over at CNN, far-left host Don Lemon reacted to the Times’ report with his usual dose of anti-Trump whining.
“When I read this tonight, honestly, I thought this was the craziest thing that I had ever heard, especially coming from a president. … ‘Did Dr. Evil come up with that?’ Seriously, Mr. President? What is the matter with you? A moat full of snakes or alligators?” he said.
Fox News claimed Tuesday evening that it had confirmed some (not all) of their findings.
“A source who was in the room at the time confirmed the conversation about shooting migrants in the legs to Fox News late Tuesday,” the outlet reported.
The other findings, including the claim that the president had a habit of trashing since-resigned Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, still remain unconfirmed.
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