October 10, 2019

Video Shows Eight-Year-Old Scaling Replica of U.S.-Mexico Border Wall in Mere Minutes

  • Flyover Country

By: Teresa Mull

In Brief:

Despite claims that the prototype of the wall to be built between Mexico and the U.S. is “virtually impenetrable,” an eight-year-old child scaled a model of the wall with ease.

The Background:

Karla Hancock posted a video to Facebook showing her eight-year-old daughter scaling a border wall replica built in the Red River Gorge. “We were able to help perform preliminary testing of the belay system this weekend,” Hancock wrote. “Lucy declared it an easy 5.7 with a tough dyno finish.”

According to The American Mirror, “President Donald Trump told reporters in San Diego last month that the government tested wall prototypes with ‘20 mountain climbers’ who concluded the design going up along the U.S.-Mexico border ‘was the one that was hardest to climb.’

“Trump said the climbers invited to participate were ‘very good’ – “some of them were champions” – and the bollard style barrier ‘can’t be climbed.’

‘This is very, very hard,’ the president said.”

Here is a video of the third-grader climbing the wall replica:

Why It Matters:

The Washington Examiner reported in June of this year on a Reuters poll showing “Immigration has emerged as the biggest issue concerning voters.” Border patrol agents have said that a wall won’t stop illegal immigrants all together, but will obviously make sneaking into the country more difficult. Beefed-up sections of the border wall have already been effective in helping border patrol agents apprehend immigrants. The Trump Administration would be wise to make illegal immigration a priority to win voters ahead of the 2020 election.

Notable Quotes:

“The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. Parts will be, of necessity, see through and it was never intended to be built in areas where there is natural protection such as mountains, wastelands or tough rivers or water.....”

  • Donald Trump, Twitter, January 2018

Teresa Mull is editor of GunpowderMagazine.com. Contact her at [email protected].

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