Trump in 2004: ‘If There’s a Concrete Wall in Front of You, Go Through It’

During a commencement address to the Wagner College class of 2004, President Trump used a wall as a metaphor to make the point that no matter the obstacle in life, people should persist. “I’ll tell you, to me, the second-most important thing after love what you do is never, ever give up,” Trump told the students. “Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it. Go over it. Go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah unearthed the timely video, using it in a segment about Trump’s refusal to negotiate with Democrats over his proposed border wall. Today, Trump insists that a wall is the only way to secure the southern border—but, in listening to the message Trump preached 15 years earlier, Noah argued that perhaps a wall won’t stop people determined to never give up. “If there’s one thing we know, it’s that nothing will stop immigrants from trying to come to America,” Noah said. “This is a place that people dream of coming to, because people trying to make a better, safer life for their families will do anything to achieve that dream.”