I seem to remember the Berlin Wall’s stated purpose as being intended to protect East Berlin from the degrading influence of the capitalist Western culture. We in The West, of course, considered it a prison fence. Matter of perspective, I guess.
But if we were to take Trump’s words as truly reflective of his worldview and actual intentions, doesn’t it seem like America would pretty quickly be overflowing with refugees seeking to escape religious and racial persecution as our political pendulum hammers into the fascism zone? If I’m Mexico, I’ve got plenty of my own issues to worry about without having to settle a bunch of needy, spoiled gringos who have already demonstrated a reluctance to learn Spanish. I just might be consulting with Mr. Trump regarding his opinions for various wall specifications. He might indeed be able to get Mexico to pay for it.