It started as a campaign slogan. Advisors to then-candidate Trump couldn’t get him to understand the complexities of immigration. So, they came up with the simple idea of building a wall along the southern border. Trump tried out the idea at a few speeches, and soon after the chant “build that wall” became a regular at Trump rallies.
Trump embellished the details. The wall was going to be impenetrable. “Nobody can build a wall like me,” Trump boasted. It was going to stretch the entire length of the U.S. southern border. And Mexico was going to pay for it.
When Trump couldn’t get Congress to appropriate the money for building his fanciful wall (turns out Mexico wasn’t interested in funding the project), Trump decided to steal the money from the military. To date, several hundred miles of new wall have been built with more planned. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to stop all wall construction.
That leaves open the question of what to do about the portion of new wall that has been built. Tear it down?
In some cases, part’s of Trump’s wall should be torn down, especially in areas where the wall created environmental or ecological damage, as in locations where the wall prevented animal migration.
The rest of Trump’s unfinished wall should remain as a testament to his failed presidency. What better symbol to illustrate how one man created so much divisiveness? Hundreds of years from now, when school children learn about the President who was impeached and voted out of office after just one term, they can show images of Trump’s wall. It will stand as a monument to failure for generations.