Donald Trump bragged on Wednesday that the U.S. is building a border wall in Colorado — a thing that is definitely not happening, by the way. But lucky for those left baffled by the mistake, Colorado’s governor had a pretty perfect response.
“Well this is awkward,” Gov. Jared Polis tweeted on Wednesday. “Colorado doesn’t border Mexico. Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography.”
Trump’s geographical flub happened during a speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday at an oil and gas conference. “We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico, and we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works, that you can’t get over, you can’t get under,” Trump told a cheering crowd. “And we’re building a wall in Texas. And we’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned.”
Colorado, by the way, is around 450 miles north of the border with Mexico. By comparison, the shortest driving distance between San Francisco and Los Angeles is 383 miles.
Other political figures dunked on Trump for the mistake as well. Like Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, who referenced Trump’s earlier campaign promises that Mexico would pay for a border wall (it’s not) by asking on Twitter “Is NEW Mexico going to pay for it?”
And Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy offered a more visual response, inspired by “Sharpiegate,” when Trump presented a doctored map of Hurricane Dorian to make it appear as if the hurricane would impact Alabama:
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) October 23, 2019
See Gov. Polis’ and Rep. DeGette’s responses below:
Well this is awkward …Colorado doesn’t border Mexico. Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography pic.twitter.com/bEXLDJYUku
— Jared Polis (@GovofCO) October 23, 2019
Is NEW Mexico gonna pay for it? https://t.co/DoSNGfsB9C
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) October 23, 2019
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