On Monday, NBC News reported yet another shocking reversal from the Trump campaign on the issue of immigration.
Could it be? Is it possible that Trump's signature issue, the U.S.-Mexico border wall that he once claimed would be as high as 55 feet and would extend deep underground, is no longer going to be a physical wall? Can it be that Trump, who touted his building prowess as a New York real estate developer and who inspired his followers to attend his rallies dressed as walls, is not actually going to build anything at all?
Maybe! Or maybe not.
Shortly after NBC's report, CNN's Jim Acosta followed up with the Trump campaign about the "virtual wall" only to be told by a senior advisor that it was really more of a virtual virtual wall.
So it seems the Trump campaign is not ready to tell its supporters that Trump's idea for a costly and elaborate border wall, paid for by Mexico, is completely infeasible after all. But despite CNN's report, there is some evidence that the campaign has been slowly laying the foundation for all of this "virtual wall" talk.
Back in July, Trump surrogates started suggesting that Trump's border wall was going virtual. During an interview on Snapchat's "Good Luck America," former Texas Governor and current Trump supporter Rick Perry tried to get his interviewer to reimagine the concept of a wall. "It’s a wall, but it’s a technological wall, it’s a digital wall," Perry said, just after acknowledging that a full-length physical border wall was never going to happen.
A week later Texas Representative Blake Farenthold, another Trump supporter, told a Virginia radio host that he thinks "it's going to end up having to be a virtual wall."
Earlier this summer, leading anti-immigration voice Dan Stein also suggested that Trump did not actually intend to build a physical border wall.
"The wall is a surrogate for border control operations,” Stein told a radio host. “What [Trump’s] saying is he’s gonna get the job done. People who believe he’s actually gonna put a brick on every centimeter of 2,000 miles are in a sense mistaking his intention."
It's hard to imagine how Trump's many supporters would react if the candidate did shift his official position away from building a physical border wall. But then again, everything about the Trump campaign seems pretty hard to imagine. One thing is for sure, if the candidate does change his plans, this guy is going to be pretty disappointed.