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#EndorseThis: Trump Hates This Border Wall, But He Made You Pay $1.7 Billion To Its Builder

Have you heard about the private border wall put up by a group of Trump supporters along the Rio Grande? They collected millions online from #MAGA suckers and built a structure so close to the river that it's now eroding rapidly from below. In fact, there's a strong possibility that it will fall in someday.

To Stephen Colbert, this farce is emblematic of the Trump era – and he notes acidly that the president himself is now trying to disown that "tiny section" of wall, its sponsors at "We Build The Wall" and its impresario, a builder named Tommy Fisher. "It was only built to make me look bad," Trump whined on Twitter.

But while Trump complains, Colbert notes that Fishher has also won a fat $1.7 billion contract from the U.S. government to build more wall. Say whut?

Just click. The whole thing is just as unbelievable as it sounds.


Eroding Private Border Wall Will Get Inspection Just Months After Completion

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

The builder of a privately funded border wall along the shores of the Rio Grande agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure, which experts say is showing signs of erosion that threatens its stability just months after the $42 million project was finished.

Tommy Fisher, president of North Dakota-based Fisher Industries, had bragged he could build faster and smarter than the federal government, calling his wall design method a “Lamborghini," compared with the government's “horse and buggy."

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