KENOSHA, WI – April 1, 2019 – President Donald Trump is returning to Wisconsin on Monday to announce the building of a wall on the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
“It’ll be a big beautiful wall, big time,” Trump posted on Twitter overnight. “It will keep out the drug dealers, the criminals, the rapists, and the Cubs fans. I understand that Cubs fans are a big time problem in Wisconsin. The wall will keep them out.”
It’s unknown how much the border wall will cost, but Trump indicated on Twitter that Wisconsinites should not worry.
“We will get Illinois to pay for it. I don’t know how, because they don’t have any money, but it’s only fair that Illinois pay for it,” Trump posted on Twitter. “I know a little bit about not having money, and I have a lot of money, but Illinois doesn’t have any money. But they will pay for it. I know how construction works. They’ll pay for it, and it will be a big, beautiful wall.”
Trump’s tweets continued to describe how the wall would work at keeping Illinois residents out of Wisconsin.
“The wall will be bigger than any wall that’s been built before,” Trump said on Twitter. “It will keep the Illinois planes out of the airports, it’ll be so big. Bears fans, not that there is many of them left, but Bears fans will have to ride the train, and Illinois will pay for the train, and the wall, and it will be big. I promise.”
Wisconsin is expected to be a key battleground state in the 2020 presidential election. Keeping out residents from Illinois, a blue state, may be part of a White House electoral strategy of protecting the Wisconsin electorate from being overwhelmed by new Democratic voters from the south.
However, some Wisconsin Republicans seemed to be unimpressed with the announcement.
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) expressed his frustration when asked about the wall. “Does the president know we’re trying to to get people from Illinois to move here?” Steineke asked. “That we have a worker shortage?”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) expressed concern about the need for an emergency declaration to build the wall. “I’m rather reluctant to see it come to that,” the senator said. “I would rather we didn’t do it that way. However, if Nancy Pelosi opposes it, that’s playing politics, and I’ll have to support it.”
Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said in an interview that he thought that the wall might actually be useful. “We’re losing 45,000 people per year, just as we want to raise taxes. Obviously we want a captive population,” Pritzker said. “However, I don’t see how or why we will pay for the wall. If Wisconsin wants a wall, let them pay for it.”
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers blamed the wall announcement on his Republican predecessor Governor Scott Walker. “Obviously if we didn’t have such a strong economy, we wouldn’t even be considering building a wall,” Evers said. “If we had raised taxes every year that I wanted to raise taxes over the last eight years, Wisconsinites would be fleeing to Illinois.”
However, Evers said building the wall wasn’t necessary since he took the “open for business” signs down at the state border. “I think Illinois residents understand that we’re changing things here, that elections matter, and that they’ll be better off in Indiana and Iowa.”
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