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🗽 Matt Cameron 🗽 @matt_cam
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1/ I just rediscovered the Trump campaign's actual 2016 plan (as summarized to the Washington Post) to force Mexico to pay for #thewall, and--have you guys *seen* this shit?

Do you have any idea?

It's time to make like David Copperfield and get through this thing.
2/ Oh, but first: If you are the unpaid intern who shat this thing out after an all-nighter and a handle of Early Times, my DMs are open. You have none of my sympathy, but all of my questions.
3/ I went looking for this memo after enjoying this absolutely delightful take from professional idiot @mitchellvii and others who have decided that the real problem is us, the people who accurately remember the thing that Trump literally said constantly

4/ We all remember the hooting #MAGA mob's howls of "MEXICO!" to Trump's "WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT?" We've all seen & heard & read about it for 3+ yrs now; no need to belabor so let's just take a second to both relive & dance it out with this sick beat

5/ The actual plan laid out in this memo is the closest thing I've ever seen to the Underpants Gnome meme in real life, so I made one just for it

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6/ This thing. Okay. We're going in:

The memo starts with a stated intention to badly distort Sec. 326 of the PATRIOT Act (which plainly applies only to banking) to *all* wire transfers & denying access to these services to *all undocumented people currently living in the US*
7/ Again, this plan would require ANYONE (not only Mexicans) without proof of immigration status to be denied access to wire transfers. This would be (1) illegal, (2) impossible to enforce fairly or accurately and (2) potentially a major economic crisis for the entire hemisphere
8/ FWIW, it's also definitely not how the Department of Treasury has interpreted the terms that the campaign confidently stated it would be able to redefine through regulation with no issues
9/ The outline of the actual plan is like something you'd find in an aspiring Bond villain's Trapper Keeper. It is a weird, impossible, openly-racist fantasy to kidnap the Mexican economy and hold it hostage for $5 billion.
10/ did I say five billion wait actually make that [TBD]
11/ So here's the literal plan: Grab a fake gun and hold the entire Mexican economy for ransom until a "one-time payment of $5-10 billion" materializes 72 hours later.

But it's never actually been tried. At least... not on Mexico.
12/ Candidate Trump promised that a foreign government would be forced to #buildthewall by holding their economy hostage

President Trump is now settling for taking his own government hostage in a reckless #TrumpShutdown for the ransom Mexico will never (and should never) pay.
13/ All of this after DHS already specifically reported back to Congress in 2012 that it was all set for physical walls and would need to invest in other forms of border security. The Senate authorized it in 2013. John Boehner wouldn't even put it up for a vote in the House.
14/ BONUS: the rest of the memo is also very bad. Calling people with business and tourist visas "migrants" and seeing them as nothing more than "leverage" is typical Trump, but the stupid hurts so much more here than usual for some reason
15/ Sir, this is a Taco Bell
also "we have the moral high ground here, and all the leverage" is absolutely the kind of thing that the good guys always say in movies when they're about to go extort someone so that's how we know this is all fine and normal obviously
I cede the floor to David Copperfield for an able demonstration of the risible folly of walls

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