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Republican Party Platform Draft Explicitly Calls for Trump's Mexican 'Border Wall'

Jason Silverstein - New York Daily News
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July 13, 2016
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The Republican National Committee Just Voted to Declare That Coal Is "Clean" (Mother Jones)

Update: Trump Approves GOP Platform: It's 'Like a Donald Trump Speech' (Washington Examiner)

The Republican Party, as a whole, now wants Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall.

The draft of the GOP party platform explicitly calls for building the wall — after the man who is now the presumptive presidential nominee spent more than a year obsessing over it.

The staunchly conservative draft, finished Tuesday, proposes a “border wall” that would cover “the entirety of the Southern Border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach proposed the amendment.

The Republican Party platform usually calls for stronger control of borders and illegal immigrantion. But in past platforms, the GOP simply asked for a fence — an idea Congress approved in 2006, but never funded.

“The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built,” the 2012 platform said.

The switch from a “fence” to a “wall,” then, shows the party falling behind Trump’s rhetoric. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, speaking with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, even acknowledged that the wall amendment was a “hat tip” to Trump.

The brash billionaire has called for a Mexican border wall since day one of his campaign, when he said America needs to keep out the “rapists” and the people “bringing drugs” from Mexico. He insisted Mexico would even pay for the wall, to which former Mexican President Vincente Fox responded: “I’m not going to pay for that f---ing wall.”

Read the rest at New York Daily News

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Related: Wealthy Are Hoarding Cash Out of Fear of What the Election Will Bring (Reuters)

Related: What an Embarrassing Time to be a Republican (Chicago Now)

Related: Same-Sex Marriage Proposed, Rejected for GOP Platform (NBC News)

Related: REPORT: Trump Would be Only World Leader to Deny Climate Science (Common Dreams)

Related: Trump: Less Than Week Before GOP Convention, Calls for Border Wall (NBC News)

Related: Anti-Immigration Activist Kris Kobach Gets Trump's Wall Into Republican Platform (Right Wing Watch)

Related: Poll: Trump Is Wildly Unpopular Among Young Adults, in Particular Young People of Color (Associated Press)

Related: In Case of Ginsburg Vs. Trump, Justice Overstepped Her Bounds (Providence Journal)

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