The Trump administration allowed a group of journalists to tour a detainment center in Brownsville, Texas on Wednesday that houses 1,500 teenage boys that had been forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports TIME.
Reporters discovered that the former Walmart featured several murals of Donald Trump for children to look at, including one at the entrance with the quote, “Sometimes losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
The quote, which is displayed in English and Spanish, comes from the former real estate developer’s co-authored book, The Art of the Deal. In its original context, the line refers to evicting tenants (p. 249).
According to QZ:
In the book, Trump writes about how he tried to push the tenants of 100 Central Park South—a New York City building he bought in 1981—out of their rent-controlled and rent-protected apartments. His tactics caused him to be sued by the city. As the New York Times wrote in 1985:
The city and state papers allege that Mr. Trump and his agents proceeded to try to force out the 60 or more tenants by the following tactics: ”threats of imminent demolition,” ”spurious litigation,” ”drastic decreases in essential services,” ”persistent delay in repairing defective conditions with life-threatening potential,” ”instructing employees to obtain information about the private lives (and) sex habits of the tenants,” and ”engaging in a psychological tug- of-war to wear the tenants down which has had a deleterious effect upon the health and well-being of said tenants, many of whom are elderly and are particularly vulnerable to defendants’ persistent course of conduct.”
Jaun Sanchez, the director of Southwest Key, told the Post: “We’re trying to do the best that we can taking care of these children. Our goal ultimately is to reunite kids with their families.”
Starting to get some handout photos from our tour with @HHSGov.
Here’s the Trump mural I mentioned to @chrislhayes inside the shelter for incarcerated child migrants.
Also their beds and the towels they shower with. pic.twitter.com/EPEQ1VGAAF
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) June 14, 2018
The quote that appears on the mural in immigrant child detention centers is from The Art of the Deal, a reference to a delayed real estate project on Central Park South. pic.twitter.com/snRlvIiVaC
— Silpa Kovvali (@SilpaKov) June 14, 2018