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Gov. Jared Polis Reminds Trump That Colorado Is Not a Border State

Jared Polis

"We’re building a wall in Colorado," President Trump declared Wednesday at a rally of supporters in Pittsburgh, reported The Hill. “We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under."

Except, of course, he is not, as Colorado's governor quickly pointed out on social media.

“Well this is awkward ... Colorado doesn’t border Mexico,” Polis wrote on Facebook alongside a caption of the headline on Trump's absurd remarks from The Denver Post.

“Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography,” he said.

Later on Wednesday, Trump tried to clear up the gaffe on Twitter. He claimed that the Colorado remark was made "kiddingly" and that, like Kansas, the Centennial State is only "getting the benefit of the Border Wall!"

However, if the mockery in the comments is any indication, not many Twitter users were buying the president's excuse. Even Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy joined the ridicule.

This is not the first time Trump has run afoul of "basic geography." In September, he stirred controversy for displaying a map of the path of Hurricane Dorian, which appeared to loop in Alabama with a Sharpie marker. Previously, he had claimed without evidence that the state would be impacted by the storm.

Moreover, as fact-checkers have repeatedly pointed out, Trump has not even begun to build the concrete wall he promised voters in 2016. While construction is taking place on the Mexican border, it is mostly dedicated to erecting fencing and enacting repairs to existing infrastructure.

Polis, a former congressman, made history in November 2018 when he became the first out gay man to be elected governor of any U.S. state. Chad Griffin, the former president of the Human Rights Campaign, praised how "Colorado rejected the Trump-Pence administration’s politics of bigotry and fear" with his election.

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