Donald Trump Just Said Only “Criminals” Don’t Like the Wall. Actually, a Majority of Americans Don’t.

Polls show that a majority of Americans think the wall is a bad idea.

President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden after a meeting with Congressional leaders on border security on Jan. 4, 2019.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

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On Saturday morning, President Trump, as he is wont to do, took to Twitter to decry his typical targets: “fake” news, the Democrats, and CNN, among other presumed enemies. He also decided to label a majority of Americans criminals:

An NPR, PBS News Hour, and Marist poll taken in late November and early December showed that 69 percent of Americans don’t see the wall as a priority. A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll conducted for The Hill in late December showed that 56 percent of Americans oppose Trump’s border wall, with 58 percent saying the president should withdraw his demand for its funding. Meanwhile, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found that just 35 percent of those surveyed supported including money for the border wall in a congressional spending bill, and a Quinnipiac poll published December 18 found that 54 percent of American voters oppose it and say it’s not necessary to improving border security.

That’s a whole lot of American drug dealers, human traffickers, and criminals.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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