Trump keeps making even the most solemn occasions all about him.
Trump used an event memorializing slain police officers as an excuse to make yet another racist push for building his border wall.
During his address to the 38th National Peace Officers Memorial Service in Washington, D.C., Trump cited the case of Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant charged with murdering police officer Ronil Singh.
"He was a vicious man, this killer that crossed into our country from the border just a little while before," Trump said. "A vicious killer that could have been kept out with border security. With the wall. With whatever the hell it takes. Could have been kept out."
Trump routinely uses stories like this to demonize immigrants, tell racist lies about crime rates among undocumented people, and falsely claim that a border wall would do anything to stop violent crime or illegal drug trafficking.
Trump is obsessed with pushing for his wall, no matter the inappropriateness of the venue.
He has been frustrated by Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who refuse to waste billions of dollars on his unnecessary and racist vanity project.
Trump is currently in the process of using a bogus "national emergency" declaration to pay for his wall by diverting money that Congress already appropriated for purposes like fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The border wall obsession is all-consuming for Trump — and he couldn't even set his petty agenda aside long enough to properly honor an officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.