Trump then condemned the migrant caravan headed toward the U.S., falsely claiming it was full of “vicious” and “very tough young people” who “hurt Mexican military very badly.”
“Mexico is trying, they are trying but we’re different, we have our military on the border,” he said. “And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight.”
With the midterms just days away, the Trump administration has made the migrant caravan a campaign issue. Last week it was announced that at least 5,200 active-duty troops would be sent to the border despite the caravan still being more than 700 miles away.
Some Twitter users pointed out that barbed wire historically hasn’t been used for “beautiful” reasons.
I’ve seen lots of barbed wire in lots of situations. It’s never ever been a beautiful sight.
— Tony P-K (@BongoThePongo) November 3, 2018
Dear God. Did he ever see the Berlin Wall with barbed wire, guard dogs, rollers at the top and German soldier’s marching back and forth with guns? He is sickening.
— Patricia L. Franz (@patricialfranz) November 3, 2018
Ask any Japanese American who were rounded up and put behind barbed wire if it was a “beautiful sight”.
My grandparents and parents did not find the view beautiful.
— 0bento Box (@0bentobox) November 3, 2018