In tonight’s debate, Ted Cruz summarized his immigration plan, and began it by saying: “We’re going to build a wall.” Donald Trump got some laffs by lifting up his arms as if to say: “Like I’ve been saying.”
But Ted Cruz talked about building a wall before Donald Trump even announced his candidacy.
On March 27, 2015, Shikha Dalmia from Reason.com wrote in The Week that Ted Cruz wanted to build a wall on the border:
Cruz wants to establish “100 percent operational control” of America’s southern border by completing a double-layer fence on the entire 2,000 miles, tripling the size of the border patrol, and quadrupling the number of helicopters and cameras.
Dalmia was critical of Cruz:
What’s ironic about Cruz’s crusade to build a wall between two free — and friendly — people, divert billions of taxpayer dollars to militarize the border, and abrogate the civil rights of Americans is that he is doing so while vowing to “stand for liberty.”
But the thing to note about the story was the date: March 27, 2015.
Trump didn’t even announce his run until nearly three months later, on June 16, 2015.
Trump spent a lot of time in recent weeks whining that Cruz stole his “build a wall” idea. But, aside from the fact that people have talked about building a wall forever, the fact remains: Ted Cruz was talking about it weeks before Donald Trump announced his presidential run.