President Donald Trump sought medieval methods to use against immigrants according to a bombshell new report in The New York Times that was published on Tuesday.
“Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh,” the paper reported. “After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”
The meeting reportedly included then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller -- who Trump reportedly cursed.
"You are making me look like an idiot," The Times reported while noting the actual quote reportedly included profanity.
The idea of a moat has long been a joke used to mock anti-immigrant Republicans.
The idea of a moat was ridiculed in a 2017 video by the satirical publication The Onion.
Not just The Onion, then-President Barack Obama mocked the idea in 2011.
"We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement," Obama said. "But even though we've answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time."
"Maybe they'll need a moat," Obama joked. "Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat."
The internet was shocked by Trump's policy ideas. Here is some of what people were saying:
I have to admit that I did not have "build a moat and fill it with snakes" on my Donald Trump Batshittery Bingo card— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1569968538.0
*Snake Filled Moat" is my Metallica cover band.— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1569967789.0
“What do we want??” A SNAKE AND ALLIGATOR-FILLED MOAT!! “And who’s gonna pay for it?!?” MEXICO!!!!!— Chris Jackson (@Chris Jackson)1569968194.0
FAILING NEW YORK TIMES OUT WITH FAKE NEWS AGAIN. I NEVER SAID USE JUST ANY SNAKE IN THE BORDER WALL MOAT. REGULAR… https://t.co/PRDlZoCZrb— AlternativeGroupOfHats (@AlternativeGroupOfHats)1569968228.0
Whatever happened to sharks with frickin’ laser beams? https://t.co/H9y1C13t9r— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein)1569969124.0
"Listen Jim, new assignment. I need you to find out what it would cost to stock a thousand mile moat with alligator… https://t.co/idKGKyhm9x— Jonathan Tamari (@Jonathan Tamari)1569968410.0
WE'VE GOT TO GET THESE MO********ING SNAKES INTO THIS MO********ING MOAT.— Maureen Johnson (@Maureen Johnson)1569968878.0
Will Mexico pay for the moat— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1569967784.0
It should go without saying, if Trump can't even build a thousand-mile border wall, he certainly can't build a thou… https://t.co/BEv10fbmDu— Matthew Chapman (@Matthew Chapman)1569967592.0
Wait...Trump is spending our tax dollars to explore BUILDING A MOTHERF*CKING MOAT? https://t.co/rABqDckE2O— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈)1569967617.0
Isn't a #moat supposed to go around something? A long, straight, coast-to-coast moat would be a canal, wouldn't it? #SnakefilledMoat 🐍— 🐕💙Woozle&Taffy💙🐕 (@🐕💙Woozle&Taffy💙🐕)1569968721.0
Food $200 Data $150 Rent $800 Moat with snakes and/or alligators $50B Utility $150 someone who is good at the econo… https://t.co/qpSHo2CWna— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence)1569968879.0
Oh, but it's a stupid idea when *I* want a snake filled moat. https://t.co/8zxHV2BYEH— Maureen Johnson (@Maureen Johnson)1569968339.0
HOW MUCH DO MOAT SNAKES COST https://t.co/vC6Wau2alY— jon rosenberg🌮🥦 (@jon rosenberg🌮🥦)1569968946.0
Not The Onion... Trump wanted to shoot immigrants in the legs — and build a moat with alligators: report https://t.co/GNWwYSdhOU— Raw Story (@Raw Story)1569967987.0
Watch Barack Obama on building a moat: