After his father addressed the nation Tuesday night, attempting to scare Americans into supporting his proposed wall on the southern U.S. border, Donald Trump, Jr. took to Instagram to explain how we know walls work: They keep us safe from zoo animals.
Donald Trump, Jr. wrote, "You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because walls work." Trump's wall has long been derided by critics as immoral as his rhetoric against illegal immigrants has long called them "rapists" and "murders."
Trump, Jr.’s comparison of asylum seekers to dangerous zoo animals is not the first time he sparked outrage on social media.
CBS News noted that he took a similar tack with refugees:
Trump Jr. has made controversial analogies on social media before, like when he compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles, in which some of the candies are poisoned.
Just a couple of hours before Trump, Jr.’s post, President Donald Trump went before the nation to extol the virtues of his border wall proposal, highlighting numerous stories of undocumented immigrants committing crimes and insinuating the country is virtually under attack without the protection only his wall can provide.
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, told the nation that Trump’s case for the wall is “full of misinformation and even malice,” Haaretz noted.
Standing alongside her, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said America’s symbol “should be the [Statue] of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall.” He accused Trump of trying to “stoke fear and divert attention” from his tumultuous administration.
They spoke moments after Trump warned of a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the border with Mexico. He said it was “immoral” for politicians “to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized” by the drugs and criminals he claims are streaming across the boundary.