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Whose Idea Was The Wall?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Where’d the idea for “The Wall” come from?

Whose idea was it?

Left to right: Iowa Republican Representative Steve King; Steve Elliott, President of Grassfire.org; Representative Ed Royce, R-California; and Ron De Jong, communications director of Grassfire.org, in 2007, introducing a television ad that asked when a fence would be built along the border.

Aside from Pink Floyd, Steve King, Iowa’s Racist 4th District Republican Representative said in a March 2017 interview with Yahoo! News that, “I built that model more than 10 years ago because people were saying, ‘We can’t build it. It’s too hard.’ And so I just put the model together. I just put it together piece by piece to show them how easy it is to build a wall.”

“I’m not interested in being the construction company that does this, but my little old company has the capability to build a mile of it a day. And so, what I envision is, I want to ask President Trump, ‘How tall do you want it, and you take care of making it beautiful.’ I have also put together an estimate on this, and it’s sophisticated. It’s like six pages long. We could do it. We’re not asking to do it, but our company, I don’t have to hire an extra man. We’ve got enough people, especially in the wintertime, it’s a little slack and we could build it a mile a day.”

At a mile a day, working 365 days a year, building a 2,000-mile wall would take a little under six years.

When asked, Steve King refused to say what John Kelly thought about his idea for “The Wall,” and said that, “He can answer for his own opinion on that. I won’t represent what he had to say.”

On the floor of the House of Representatives, on July 11, 2006, Steve King showed how his company would make “The Wall.”


From the floor of the House of Representatives on July 11, 2006, Steve King said in part that, “A lot of it is not just the force of people that want to come here for a better life, not people that just want to pick lettuce or tomatoes or go work in a sheetrock crew or whatever. Sixty-five billion dollars’ worth of illegal drugs. That’s another force, and that force is far more powerful than the desire for people to change their lifestyle. You could take it back down if somehow … they got their economy working and got their laws working in Mexico. We could pull this back out just as easy as we could put it in, and we could open it up again. We could open it up and let livestock run through there, whatever we choose.”

“I also say we need to do a few other things on top of that wall, and one of them would be to put a little bit of wire on top here to provide a disincentive for people to climb over the top or put a ladder there. We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that wouldn’t kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time.”

Rep Steve King also used to keep a Confederate flag on his desk, until it raised eyebrows, then he removed it.

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