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- President Donald Trump once urged a class of college graduates to go through or over any “concrete wall” in their way.
- He made the remarks in a 2004 commencement address at Wagner College in New York City, and they resurfaced on Wednesday in an episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
- The resurfaced video comes amid an ongoing government shutdown over Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion to fund a wall along the US-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump once had a very different take on the effectiveness of a concrete wall, urging a class of college graduates 15 years ago to go over, through, or around any walls they encounter.
“Never, ever give up. Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen,” he said. “If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it. Go over it. Go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.”
The remarks came from a commencement address Trump gave to Wagner College in 2004. Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” unearthed the footage and aired it during Wednesday evening’s episode.
“If there’s one thing we know, it’s that nothing will stop immigrants from trying to come to America,” host Trevor Noah said. “This is a place that people dream of coming to, because people trying to make a better, safer life for their families will do anything to achieve that dream. And I know Donald Trump understands this – because of this video we found from 15 years ago.”
Oh man, once Trump gets his wall he better hope no one shows Mexico this old video we found. pic.twitter.com/FtzeGlmecz
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 10, 2019
The resurfaced video comes amid an ongoing partial government shutdown over Trump’s border wall, for which he has demanded $5.7 billion from Congress.
Though Trump has recently backed down on his demands that the wall be made of concrete – pivoting instead to “steel slats” – he has refused to back down on the wall.
Trump gave his first prime-time, Oval Office address to the nation on Tuesday and said the US-Mexico border was in a state of “crisis,” even though border-crossing arrests are at a decades-long low.
“This barrier is absolutely critical to border security,” he said. “This is just common sense.”
- Read more of INSIDER’s immigration coverage:
- THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BORDER CRISIS: Experts say there is no security crisis, but there is a simple way to fix immigration – and it’s not a wall
- ‘How much more American blood must we shed?’: Trump addresses the nation amid government shutdown over border-wall funding
- Trump reportedly didn’t even want to give his prime-time address on border security and thought it was pointless
- The Trump administration keeps getting called out for misleadingly linking migrants at the US-Mexico border with terrorism