News outlets, pundits, politicians, and other social media blue checkmarks pushed a viral video with claims that Hurricane Hanna had knocked down part of a border wall in Texas. The claim was debunked by U.S. authorities and the Mexican public official who first published the video has deleted it from her account.
Customs and Border Protection released the following statement in response to the fake news onslaught:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is not aware of any border wall panels falling over due to Hurricane Hanna hitting the Rio Grande Valley Sector this past weekend. The video circulating on social media appears to be from June 2020 when high winds caused several border wall panels that were pending additional anchoring to fall over at a construction site near Deming, New Mexico. That project is funded by the Department of Defense using 2808 Military Construction Funds, so any questions regarding the incident should be directed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
So the wall fell in June not recently, deference? It fellhttps://t.co/7oeXxHSToP— Nana Beck (@Beckyisfree2016) August 13, 2020
Although the original poster has since deleted the tweet, here is the video that went viral.
And here, ladies and gentlemen, is Hurricane Hanna blowing down Trump's impenetrable border wall. pic.twitter.com/12r8FnjKJK— Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) July 26, 2020
There's a propensity among casual observers to blame "confirmation bias" for the knee-jerk reflex of Trump haters to pass along unverified propaganda without any thought about the veracity of it, as long as it fits their narrative that "orange man bad." However, it is most likely worse than that: Liberal media personalities simply don't care if what they're posting is true or not. Truth is not their job anymore.
Oh well... https://t.co/bHeHOnenoV— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 26, 2020
Hurricane Hanna - just now - blowing over Trump’s mighty border wall between the United States and Mexico.... https://t.co/0zNejNLYC9— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 26, 2020
“World’s greatest wall.” https://t.co/ffNFhxoOYu— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 27, 2020
There is no more vivid metaphor for the Trump presidency than the collapse of that idiotic wall.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 27, 2020
People think the Texas section of Trump's 'big, strong' border wall just collapsed and are very amused https://t.co/9e2Sc8v6LE— The Independent (@Independent) July 27, 2020
So am I the only one who is laughing their ass off at this news 😂😂😂 Trumps stupid wall is falling over BWAHAHAHA 😂😂😂— christy morris 🧚♂️ (@polarsprite) July 27, 2020
Trump's 'indestructible' border wall collapses amid Hurricane Hanna https://t.co/hzRzAu35yG via @MailOnline
275 miles of new border wall system completed—providing new capability to USBP agents in CA, AZ, NM and TX. Border security is national security. pic.twitter.com/rh5qS0Vzlz— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) August 10, 2020
We are on the Arizona border— Cowboys for Trump (@RideWithC4T) August 12, 2020
and you can see where the wall is getting built right now.