Frank Sharry: “No matter how much he tries, he can’t paint over failure”
The following is a statement from Frank Sharry in response to a Washington Post report that President Trump is pushing to spend $500 million to paint the border wall black:
We are in the middle of the greatest crisis of our lifetime. It requires that all of us come together, have each other’s backs and pull through this as one America. We need a leader that inspires Americans to look past racial and ethnic differences to support each other.
Unfortunately, President Trump is no such leader.
Any other president would be all-consumed with forging unity and protecting lives. This one is all-consumed with deflecting from his abject failure to protect the American people and with exploiting divisions in a desperate and cynical attempt to cling to power. He wants to ‘other’ Latino immigrants in his quest to boost turnout of white grievance voters so he and his Republican donors can stay on top and line their pockets.
To this end, Trump wants to spend half a billion dollars on a darker shade of paint for a stupid border wall that is a monument to his vanity and a showpiece for his reelection campaign; not for more testing or more masks and ventilators. Instead, it’s $500 million in black paint for his wasteful, offensive and ineffective border wall.
For Trump, the wall is not just a physical structure, but a politically-driven obsession. For the majority of us, the wall is not just a waste of money, but the perfect encapsulation of his presidency: divisive, distracting, narcissistic, mendacious, corrupt, racist, authoritarian, and ineffective.
No matter how much he tries, he can’t paint over failure.