MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — When Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race, he did so quite auspiciously. In a now infamous address delivered in his Manhattan luxury apartment building, then-candidate Trump heaped anti-immigrant rhetoric on Mexico and the Mexican people, implying that they were intentionally sending rapists, drug dealers, and murderers across the border to commit violent criminal acts. It was in that same speech that he first proposed his beloved border wall, and promised his followers that they wouldn’t pay for it, Mexico would.
However, over the last four years, very little new wall construction has been completed. What has been built was most assuredly not paid for by Mexico, which has steadfastly and flatly refused to spend a single cent on the wall. Support for the border wall is so intense among Trump’s base that his former campaign adviser and administration official Steve Bannon joined a group of equally-pro-Trump businessmen and celebrities and started taking private donations to build the wall themselves.
At least, that’s what Bannon and Brian Kolfage, a disabled war vet who started We Build the Wall with Bannon and others, told the people they were taking donations from. However, according to court documents filed in indictments against Kolfage and Bannon, they’re accused of bilking millions of dollars from donors and using it to fund their own lavish lifestyle. Included in court filings are assertions that Boaters for Trump also benefited from the scheme, buying large yachts with the money donated for the border wall.
Today, just hours after Kolfage and Bannon were arrested, the Government of Mexico sent a letter to the Southern District of New York, where the charges were filed. In the letter, Mexico offers to fully cover any charges incurred by the SDNY in prosecuting Bannon, Kolfage, and anyone else involved with We Build The Wall.
Mexico’s letter to the Southern District of New York, below:
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The Southern District of New York has not responded to Mexico’s offer.