Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) proposed building a border wall between California and Arizona to protect the state.
“As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border,” McSally said during a round-table discussion about “sanctuary cities” Tuesday at the White House.
Sanctuary cities are municipalities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
“But if these dangerous policies continue out of California, we might need to build a wall between California and Arizona as well to keep these dangerous criminals out of our state,” she said, smiling.
She added that California can’t just “provide sanctuary for these criminals and think that it’s only impacting California dangerously.”
While perhaps we shouldn’t take this sort of thing too seriously, it’s actually indicative of the enormous differences between blue and red America and how much Republicans actually hate liberals and everything they stand for. The idea of building a wall between states to “protect” the good people of Arizona reminds me of the rhetoric used by slave states before the Civil War about fugitive slaves and the need to keep elements out of the South that would threaten their “peculiar institution.” And like how that led to secession, one wonders just how stable this large nation remains with states that despise each other this much. Is Texas going to build a wall to keep out New Mexico? Will Idaho protect itself from the horrible liberal states to its west? How does this sort of rhetoric end well?