Trump once urged a group of graduating college students to “go over” and “go through” any “concrete wall in front of you.”
The comment has resurfaced in the third week of a partial government shutdown that was triggered by the president’s demand for funding for a border wall with Mexico.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah aired the 2004 clip Wednesday night, in which Trump, wearing a green graduation gown at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., urges students to “never, ever give up.”
“Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen,” he says. “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.”
Since Trump was elected president, Wagner students, alumni and staff have unsuccessfully tried to get the college to revoke the honorary degree Trump was given, as well as urged their lawmakers to condemn some of Trump’s policies and rhetoric, according to The Washington Post.
Noah mocked Trump for the 2004 comments, tweeting: “Oh man, once Trump gets his wall he better hope no one shows Mexico this old video we found.”
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