The 2024 Republican presidential primary contest is heating up with Donald Trump’s old campaign promises taking center stage.
Back in 2016 Donald Trump ran on a big promise that he would build a wall on the southern border—and make Mexico pay for it.
But during his term in office, Trump ended up spending plenty of time battling with Congress over the border wall and wasn’t able to complete the project.
Once Joe Biden got in office, he threw fuel on the crisis going as far as selling off material that had been purchased to complete sections of the wall.
Now it looks like illegal immigration will be one of the biggest issues in the 2024 presidential election in both parties.
But Trump has changed his tune about the political realities surrounding getting it built.
Trump got all kinds of attention when he posted on social media that you are a loser if you expected that Mexico would pay for “a piece of the wall.”
He’s mocking every last one of you that believed him the first time. https://t.co/Py4XYS1bzq
— Florida Dad (@FloridadadD) October 29, 2023
Now his GOP challengers for the presidential nomination are using that post against him, pointing out that the wall was a top priority for many who supported Trump in 2016.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was especially eager to jump into the fray vowing to finish what he’s pointed out Trump failed to complete during his term in the Oval Office.
“With me, everything I tell you I’m going to do, write it down,” DeSantis informed a crowd on the campaign trail in Iowa. “I’m going to follow through.”
DeSantis’ plan includes getting migrant workers from Mexico to cough up some of the cash needed to build the wall.
His plan includes adding new fees for legal migrant workers earning money in the US.
“It’s billions of dollars you’ll raise, and we’re going to pile that right into building the border wall,” DeSantis claimed. “So not only am I going to keep my promises, I’m going to keep other people’s promises, too.”
As DeSantis also argued that at this point Trump has lost a lot of the energy he brought to the 2016 race.
While the GOP primary struggle is starting to get ugly, it’s clear America First conservatives are back and the voting block serious presidential candidates need to impress.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.