You may recall that Trump called for completely shutting down the southern border earlier this year only to be talked out of it by virtually everyone including some his biggest fans in right wing media, but that was far from the only or even the most ridiculous idea swirling around in the toilet bowl atop Trump's shoulders at the time.
According to previously unreported details included in a new book, Trump told his staff they should build a moat along the border and fill it with snakes and alligators.
Per the Times's excerpt of Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear's forthcoming book Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration, the president's shutdown idea was one of several he's had about how to keep immigrants off the U.S. Mexico border. Other suggestions the president has privately floated: Fortifying the border wall with electric spikes “that could pierce human flesh” and “a water-filled trench,” which would naturally be “stocked with snakes or alligators.” Trump has also suggested shooting migrants who throw rocks at immigration officials and “shoot[ing] migrants in the legs to slow them down,” only to be told that committing violence against migrants at-will is, in fact, illegal. (Though White House aides did reportedly “seek a cost estimate” for the alligator-filled moat.)
Can you even imagine being the sad sack tasked with the duty of seeking a cost estimate for a moat filled with alligators? Third Grade called and it wants its infantile scheme back.
Now that I think about it, if this cost estimate exists, it would likely be subject to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
It's obviously even more alarming that Trump called for shooting immigrants.