Friday, 22 February 2019
Dear Mr President,
I’ve jotted down, in order, the main points of your emergency speech – not including the answers to the press’s questions, where things became a little confused.
“Trade talks going well . . . people said it couldn’t be done . . . billions pouring in . . . caliphate gone . . . many other things . . . summit in Vietnam . . . no more rockets . . . getting back our remains . . . got hostages back . . . phenomenal location of North Korea . . . working with South Korea, Japan . . . border security . . . campaign promises . . . rebuilt military . . . stock market up . . . press not reporting . . . border security . . . drugs not coming through ports of entry . . . Democrats lie . . . tremendous rally crowd . . . wall helped El Paso . . . murders in Mexico . . . Israel building wall . . . drugs, human traffic not coming through ports . . . women in duct tape . . . human traffickers find gaps . . . incredible Border Patrol . . . breaking up caravans . . . Nancy lies, Chuck lies . . . Mexicans helping . . . murders in Mexico . . . people in Tijuana trying to get in . . . could save money by not using military . . . national emergency . . . invasion of drugs, traffickers, gangs . . . angel moms fighting for kids who have been killed . . . press not covering . . . American drug deaths . . . told Xi to get tough on drug dealers . . . he is killing them . . . excited about that . . . blue ribbon committees waste time . . . Xi is killing dealers . . . making billions in trade deal . . . stock market up trillions, higher than China’s . . . meeting Xi next week . . . national emergency . . . invasion of drugs, gangs . . . many presidents sign emergencies . . . invasion of drugs, gangs . . . nobody controls border like we do . . . economy up . . . Obama’s was failing . . . more people coming than ever . . . doing incredible job stopping them . . . with wall BP could do other things . . . Democrats want to get rid of ICE . . . we have more money than we know what to do with . . . sending military equipment to border . . . will win in Supreme Court . . . won ban in the end . . . national emergency . . . drugs, traffickers, gangs . . . thrown out by the thousands.”
I used to teach writing in San Quentin Prison. A lot of my students’ papers demonstrated the same lack of focus, the same repetition, contradiction, scatter-shot structure. Just sayin’.
Received by the White House at 12:01 AM EST, 22 February 2019.