Since President Trump publicly floated the idea on Twitter of building a border wall more than four years ago, the “impenetrable” structure made of concrete has experienced what could be described as an identity crisis. Some recent descriptions include “a solar wall” made of out of solar panels; a “Steel Barrier;” a “Fence;” “artistically designed steel slats;” and, oddly enough, “Peaches.”
In an early-morning tweetstorm Thursday, Trump, who remains locked in a standoff against Democrats over funding for the wall, appeared to finally be fed up with people calling his proposal anything but a wall.
“Lets just call them WALLS from now on and stop playing political games!” the president tweeted. “A WALL is a WALL!”
The emphatic declaration drew instant derision from social media users and late-night hosts, who quickly pointed out that the person who may be most guilty of not describing the wall as a wall is Trump himself.
Reading Trump’s tweet aloud, Stephen Colbert told his CBS audience that he agreed with the president.
“Yes, thank you, let’s stop playing these political games,” he said. “Who was that jerk who kept insisting on not calling the wall a wall?”
The show cut to clips of Trump speaking to reporters on several different days in January and referring to the wall as “a steel fence,” “barriers” and “fencing,” repeatedly saying “call it whatever you want.”
“Whatever you want to call it, it’s okay with me,” Trump said in a video from Jan. 11. “They can name it whatever. They can name it ‘Peaches.’ ”
Colbert was unable to contain his laughter.
“We’re going to build a giant peach,” he said, slipping into his impersonation of Trump.
Raising his fist, Colbert then began gleefully chanting, “Build the Peach!” His studio audience joined in seconds later.
“That should be his campaign slogan,” he quipped once the rallying cry had subsided.
Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel also used the president’s past comments about the border wall against him on Thursday night.
On Comedy Central, Noah played nine videos of Trump talking about the wall, ending the reel with the “Peaches” suggestion.
If the wall is really going to be named Peaches, Noah said it should be built.
“Peaches the border wall is the most adorable thing I have ever heard,” he explained. “You call a wall Peaches, it takes away all the stigma, right? Peaches isn’t xenophobic. Peaches isn’t racist. Peaches is just a wall trying to do wall-y things. It’s Peaches.”
Noah theorized that the wall’s fruity name would also deter drug smugglers.
“They be like, ‘Hey, man, when you get through the wall, pass me the sledgehammer,'" said the “Daily Show” host, adopting an accent. “‘No . . . I’m not taking a hammer to Peaches, man. What do I look like? An animal?’"
Kimmel, one of Trump’s most vocal critics, didn’t hold back either, turning his viewers' attention to a fake Merriam-Webster dictionary entry for “wall.”
The first definition just read “a wall,” but the second was much more scathing: “a continuous, solid, vertical structure that Donald Trump is definitely not getting.”
Like Colbert and Noah, Kimmel was curious about Trump’s claims that people were “playing political games” with the wall.
“I remember when someone once told us that it doesn’t matter whether it’s called a wall or not,” Kimmel said before playing the “Peaches” clip.
He continued: “I like that name, Peaches. Maybe a wall of peaches, you know? People come up from Mexico, they have a snack, they go home.”
On Twitter, Trump’s words were met with a mix of harsh criticism and praise.
“Donald, why are you shouting?” one person asked. “YOU’RE THE ONE who’s been changing the name of your stupid wall.”
Others, however, thanked Trump, lauding him as “the best president ever.”