In another life, Donald Trump used to build things–big things. Last night, President Donald Trump held a telephone political rally targeted to voters in Arizona, where I live and which is now an election swing state. On this phone rally, Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden–Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential election–that if Biden is elected president in November he will tear down the wall Trump is having built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
As with Trump’s typical style, he spouts off things without providing any supporting evidence. So, I’m not aware that Biden has ever said anything about that. But if he did win the election this November and did that, it would be reminiscent of something that happened in the past that was just the opposite–U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s famous speech given on Friday, June 12, 1987. He was standing before the Berlin Wall that divided free West Germany from Communist East Germany. He said to the president of the Soviet Union, who was not there, but likely watching on television, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” It soon did get torn down–by the people.
If Joe Biden does win the presidency come November, I wonder if he might say to its builder, “Mr. Trump, tear down this wall. You built it, you remove it.”