Another day, another bats***-insane headline courtesy of the Trump administration.
A New York Times article published on Tuesday, comprised of excerpts from an upcoming book on the border crisis, details some rather bizarre and hilarious anecdotes about some of Trump's ideas for tightening up our nation's borders, including a moat of alligators and/or snakes that his aides actually had to look into pricing for.
These anecdotes, which were taken from extensive interviews with White House personnel who were present during a March meeting on border security, paint a pretty comical picture of the proceedings. Among other ideas the President had were such gems as electrifying the wall, adding flesh-piercing spikes to the top, and just straight-up shooting immigrants. When told that this would be illegal, Trump suggested a milder tactic - maybe just shoot them in the legs to slow them down. The President had to be informed that this wasn't allowed either.
As the story started getting picked up, Trump took to Twitter to deny it:
That tweet has since had the spelling of the word "moat" corrected, but not before the typo was widely ridiculed online.
Even Merriam-Webster got in on it!
Basically, "moat/moot" was trending all over Twitter:
In 2011, Obama mocked the GOP, suggesting they'd want a border moat full of alligators.— Lis Power (@LisPower1) October 2, 2019
Trump made it reality.
Obama: "Maybe they'll need a moat. [roaring laughter] Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat." pic.twitter.com/ABkGNSU2PH
There are also plenty of artists' renderings of what the proposed changes to the border would look like: