Trump Jr. Suggests Border Wall Is Like a Zoo Fence - Protection From Animals

U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the country on Tuesday night defending his demand for a wall, which has resulted in a government shutdown, now in its third week

Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for his father Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Gilbert, Arizona, 2016.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son sparked controversy on Tuesday night after he posted to Instagram an image endorsing his father's border wall comparing it to a zoo fence. The U.S. president addressed the country on Tuesday night defending his demand for a wall, which has resulted in a government shutdown, now in its third week. 

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." 

Speaking moments after Trump made his case for the wall in an Oval Office address Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a national television audience that the president’s rhetoric has been “full of misinformation and even malice.”

Standing alongside her, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said America’s symbol “should be the Statute of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall.” He accused Trump of trying to “stoke fear and divert attention” from his tumultuous administration.

The Democrats’ prime-time remarks were something of a debut for the newly empowered opposition. Less than a week after Democrats seized control of the House, Pelosi and Schumer stood side-by-side at a lectern in a joint appearance that appeared designed to emphasize their party’s unity.

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.