On Friday, The New York Times eagerly published a report highlighting a plan to protect New York City from climate-change-induced storms by spending billions in taxpayer funds to surround it with a so-called “sea wall.”
President Donald Trump responded to the proposal the following afternoon by dismissing it as “costly, foolish & environmentally unfriendly” — and letting NYC residents know they’ll need to suck it up and “get your mops & buckets ready.”
A massive 200 Billion Dollar Sea Wall, built around New York to protect it from rare storms, is a costly, foolish & environmentally unfriendly idea that, when needed, probably won’t work anyway. It will also look terrible. Sorry, you’ll just have to get your mops & buckets ready!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2020
Why did he dismiss the idea so quickly? Likely because the same people who support building a wall around New York City have spent years mocking him over his pursuit of a fortified wall along the southern U.S. border.
Yet all of a sudden they’ve decided that they do like walls after all? Apparently, walls are perfectly OK so long as they’re designed to stave off the effects of climate change. Never mind the horrifying effects of illegal immigration, including but not limited to child molestation, rape, and murder.
In fact, the arguments cited against the “sea wall” were the exact same that the left cite when criticizing his otherwise highly effective border wall — that it’s costly, environmentally friendly and “probably won’t work anyway.” (Fact-check: FALSE.)
But sadly for the left, the president is having none of their hypocrisy, and that hasn’t made them very happy.
Observe their bitter responses to his tweet below (*Language warning):
Imagine being this proud of being this ignorant.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 18, 2020
#BREAKING Man Who Doesn’t Understand How Toilets Work Doesn’t Understand How Climate Change Works
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 18, 2020
It’s pretty apparent you’re comparing a structure intended to mitigate the impact of storms with a border wall.
Which is a stupid as fuck comparison. But your stupid as fuck supporters will think it’s the smartest thing ever.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 18, 2020
— Sally Deal (@SallyDeal4) January 18, 2020
I can’t help imagining how much awesomer the world would be if your dad had just pulled out!
— Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) January 19, 2020
Seriously?? IS THERE LITERALLY NO ONE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION CAPABLE OF DOING HONEST WORK? I’m so sick of ALL of it!???
— cpurv (@cpurv93) January 19, 2020
Your answer to global warning is mops and buckets?
No wonder why Greta Thunberg is making you look like a fool.
No wonder why YOUR OWN HOMETOWN OF NEW YORK CITY DESPISES YOU SO MUCH.
What’s it like to never be able to go home again without constant protest?
Pretty bad. Huh?
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) January 18, 2020
To be clear, the idea of a wall around New York City didn’t originate with left-wing activists and their media allies. It’s among a slew of possible solutions proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a recently released report.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure affected by Hurricane Sandy in the United States’ North Atlantic region,” an announcement by the agency reads.
“This, the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, is designed to help local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and to provide tools to help those communities better prepare for future flood risks. It builds on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and attempts to bring to bear the latest scientific information available for state, local, and tribal planners.”
— Jamie Jensen (@HowCitiesWork) April 6, 2019
Would the president employ the power of executive fiat to cancel the plan were it ultimately chosen? Not necessarily.
Four years ago he applied “for permission to erect a coastal protection works [or sea wall] to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort” in Ireland, as reported at the time by Politico.
“A permit application for the wall, filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland and reviewed by POLITICO, explicitly cites global warming and its consequences — increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather this century — as a chief justification for building the structure.”
Keep in mind he didn’t demand money for the project. He simply wanted permission to build the wall. And wouldn’t you know it, at the time left-wing environmental activists complained.
“A new campaign has begun against a proposal by US presidential candidate Donald Trump to build a 3kms wall along a public beach to protect his golf resort at Doonbeg,” The Irish Times reported in September of 2016.
“Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment said #NatureTrumpsWalls is an international campaign aimed at preventing Mr. Trump from building the controversial wall that would limit access to Doughmore Beach in Co Clare and ‘destroy the pristine dune ecosystem.'”
It seems like every time Trump tries to build a wall — whether a privately funded sea wall around his property or a publicly funded wall along the U.S. border — members of the anti-Trump left cry foul and lash out. Literally every single time.
With this in mind, it’s not hard to see why the president rushed to Twitter to publicly bash the NYC sea wall proposal idea that’s so beloved by the left. Like the saying goes, two can play that game.
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