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Donald Trump appropriates scrawled slogan for border wall initiative

UCSD’s Stonewall moment?

Trump unveils his plan for the new “message-forward” border wall in Otay Mesa last week.
Trump unveils his plan for the new “message-forward” border wall in Otay Mesa last week.

On April 10, a series of pro-Trump messages were found scrawled in chalk on the sidewalks of UCSD, at least one of which included the slogan, “Build the wall, deport them all.” University Administration and student groups were quick to denounce the graffiti as racist and intolerable, but the Republican presidential candidate clearly didn’t share their point of view.

The original sidewalk. “They can wash away the chalk,” promised Trump. “But they can’t just wash away the righteous rage of the oppressed.”

“The only people you can legally deport are people who are not legally supposed to be here,” he argued in a letter to the San Diego Union Tribune. They want to call this populist outcry racist and unacceptable, but real Americans know better. To me, this seems more like the work of a persecuted minority amid the hyperliberal atmosphere of collegiate California. These are frightened, fed-up citizens demanding justice the only way they know how. I hear their plea, and I want them to know I hear it. That’s why I’m proposing to build at least one section of my Greater Wall from concrete blocks modeled after the section of sidewalk that bore this historic protest. Maybe one day it will serve as a memorial to the greatness that was America. But not if I can help it. Hey UCSD: if elected, I will indeed build the wall, and you can bet your ass that I will deport them all. Thank you, and God Bless America."

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Trump unveils his plan for the new “message-forward” border wall in Otay Mesa last week.
Trump unveils his plan for the new “message-forward” border wall in Otay Mesa last week.

On April 10, a series of pro-Trump messages were found scrawled in chalk on the sidewalks of UCSD, at least one of which included the slogan, “Build the wall, deport them all.” University Administration and student groups were quick to denounce the graffiti as racist and intolerable, but the Republican presidential candidate clearly didn’t share their point of view.

The original sidewalk. “They can wash away the chalk,” promised Trump. “But they can’t just wash away the righteous rage of the oppressed.”

“The only people you can legally deport are people who are not legally supposed to be here,” he argued in a letter to the San Diego Union Tribune. They want to call this populist outcry racist and unacceptable, but real Americans know better. To me, this seems more like the work of a persecuted minority amid the hyperliberal atmosphere of collegiate California. These are frightened, fed-up citizens demanding justice the only way they know how. I hear their plea, and I want them to know I hear it. That’s why I’m proposing to build at least one section of my Greater Wall from concrete blocks modeled after the section of sidewalk that bore this historic protest. Maybe one day it will serve as a memorial to the greatness that was America. But not if I can help it. Hey UCSD: if elected, I will indeed build the wall, and you can bet your ass that I will deport them all. Thank you, and God Bless America."

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