White House Halloween Party Included “Build The Wall” Activity for Kids
A Halloween party at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building included an activity where children were encouraged to help “Build the Wall”, which concerned some of the attendees present, according to HuffPost.
The party took place in the office building used by White House staff, across from the White House, and included families of executive-branch employees and VIP guests inside and outside government.
The “Build the Wall” station was located on the first floor, just outside the speechwriter’s office and next to the office of digital strategy, and featured personalized red paper bricks, each bearing the name of a child.
“To the extent the wall is just a xenophobic symbol, this is obviously a gross thing to have children do,” said Ben Rohrbaugh, who worked on National Security Council on border security in the Obama administration. “To the extent it’s a representation of an actual wall on the southwest border, the kids have made nearly as much progress as the president has since 2017.”
As of August of this year, the overall length of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border has not increased since the Obama administration, despite Trump’s campaign promises to erect a wall.
Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an immigrant advocacy organization described the wall as “an offensive metaphor” to feature at a children’s party. “It screams to white grievance voters that ‘real Americans’ should fear, exclude and dehumanize brown people. Only in Trump’s White House would a holiday event centered on kids, costumes and candy become a propaganda opportunity for his racism and xenophobia,” Sharry said.
While one person who works with the Trump administration said people were making too much out of it, a Republican congressional staffer was more curt: “Who gives a s*** about EEOB having Halloween decorations.”
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.