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Yeah, I think he is. Bear with me, I think the wall is stupid and mean. There aren’t actually a ton of emigrants coming any more, and there haven’t been since the early 00’s. It’s not a real crisis. (It never really was.)

是的,我想他是对的。请耐心点听我说,首先我认为这堵墙是愚蠢和刻薄的。事实上,现在的移民已经不多了,而且从20世纪初开始就没有多少移民了。所以移民问题并不算是一个真正的危机(它从来也不是个危机)。

And the anti-immigrant movement is based on cruelty. It was based on cruelty under Obama and Bush as well. A lot of outrages that came to light in the early Trump reign were actually things that happened under Obama. That said, Trump has, as in so many things, made it worse.

反移民运动是建立在残酷的基础上的,这也是基于奥巴马和布什任内的残酷基础,特朗普执政初期曝光的许多暴行实际上都是奥巴马执政期间发生的事情。就是说,像在很多其他事情上一样,特朗普让情况变得更糟了。

But Trump campaigned on the wall. If he had a main campaign promise, it was the wall. People voted for him, elected him, expecting him to build the wall. People should, I believe, get what they vote for. At the least they should be able to expect the people they voted for to fight for whatever they promised.

但特朗普的竞选活动就是基于那堵墙的,如果说他有一个主要的竞选承诺的话,那就是他要建一堵墙。人们投了他的票,选了他,就是希望他能建那堵墙。我相信,人们应该得到当初所为之投票的东西。至少他们应该能够期待当初他们投票支持的人为他们所承诺的一切而争取。

Trump is doing that, and I would go so far as to say he should do it. Other politicians, who promised to oppose him, should, though I fear the hypocrisy meter is pretty high on both Republicans and Democrats on this issue: many opposing him have voted for border walls in the past: there’s plenty of already existing wall.

特朗普正在这么做,甚至到现在为止,我想说他应该这么做。其他曾承诺反对他的政客也应该继续反对,尽管我担心在这个问题上,共和党和民主党的虚伪程度都相当高:许多现在反对他的人过去都曾投票支持建边境墙:因为那里已经有很多现成的墙了。

Is all this worth shutting the government down over? Not to me, not most of my readers, I’m sure. But it was Trump’s main promise, and he should fight for it.

因为所有的这些,值得让政府关门吗?我确定这个问题不是问我,也不是问我的大多数读者的。但这是特朗普当初竞选时的主要承诺,他应该为此而奋斗。