Jim Acosta Goes to Border, Accidentally Proves Walls Work


In response to President Donald Trump’s repeated insistence that increased border security — including a wall or barrier — is vital and necessary to the safety and security of this nation, the liberal media has insisted just as adamantly that there is no real “crisis” at the border and walls are wholly unnecessary to secure the country.

Trump visited the border city of McAllen, Texas, on Thursday to see the situation at the border first-hand while meeting with U.S. Border Patrol agents, federal immigration officials and state and local law enforcement. He was also accompanied by members of the White House press pool.

One of those reporters who tagged along on the trip was outspoken anti-Trump CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who seemed intent on attempting to prove the president wrong by showing that there was no crisis at the border near McAllen while insinuating that border walls aren’t really needed.

Instead, Acosta actually ended up proving just how correct Trump is about the effectiveness of border walls and “steel slat” barriers at keeping out illegal immigrants, drug traffickers and violent criminals or terrorists.

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In a brief video clip posted on Twitter, Acosta walked along a section of steel slat border barrier and said, “Here are some of the steel slats the president’s been talking about, right here.”

“As you can see, yes, you can see through these slats to the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border, but as we are walking along here we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger,” he continued. “There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence here in the McAllen, Texas, area.”

He noted that there were numerous businesses along a busy highway in the near vicinity, “but no sign of the ‘national emergency’ that the president has been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s actually pretty tranquil down here.”

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The Washington Examiner noted that it didn’t take long for some elected Republicans to jump on Twitter to mock Acosta for his “brilliant reporting” that actually bolstered the president’s argument that border walls work effectively to secure the border.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise tweeted, “Glad to see the steel slats are deterring illegal immigrants from attempting to cross the border exactly as @realDonaldTrump said they would. This is why we need to #BuildTheWall along the rest of our southern border. #WallsWork”

Sen. Bill Cassidy also chimed in with a tweet that read, “Brilliant reporting from CNN’s @Acosta —walls work! Thank you Jim!”

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Nor were those Republican members of Congress the only ones to point out how Acosta had hilariously failed to undermine the president’s argument about border walls and had actually helped support that argument, as evidenced by the sheer volume of mocking replies in the comment section of Acosta’s tweet. Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, thanked Acosta “for pointing out how peaceful, safe and secure it is at a part of the border that HAS a wall.”

The only thing left to debate is whether the expense of Acosta joining the trip to the border should be reported to the Federal Election Commission as an in-kind donation to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, as his stellar reporting on the effectiveness of the border wall can only help Trump move toward that goal.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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