What would most Americans rather the $5 billion Donald Trump is demanding to build a border wall be spent on? Education, healthcare, green jobs and climate change to name a few.
In a recent poll conducted by the Business Insider published on Thursday, 81 percent of respondents said the $5 billion would be better spent on other priorities than the border wall.
“What if we instead added $5.7 billion in teacher pay? Or replacing water pipes? Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies? Or green jobs?,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
And just like that, GOP discovers $5.7 billion for a wall.
What if we instead added $5.7B in teacher pay?
Or replacing water pipes?
Or college tuition/prescription refill subsidies?
Or green jobs?
But notice how no one’s asking the GOP how they’re paying for it. https://t.co/jXdm1w9bpy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 21, 2018
And the polls shows that majority of Americans agree with Ocasio-Cortez and disagree with the current priorities of the Trump administration. Thirty-six percent of those polled said the $5 billion should be spent on healthcare, while 30 percent want the funds to go toward infrastructure, Common Dreams reported.
Jeff Stein from the Washington Post said that the $5.7 billion that some House Republicans want to give Trump to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could “cover 852,017 uninsured Americans” or “fund universal pre-K.”
As the government shutdown continues with no end in sight, Trump has no intention of backing down from his demand for funding for the wall in various tweets.