Donald Trump made a grave mistake when he declared that his new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was “virtually impenetrable,” as rock climbers everywhere immediately took that as a challenge.
Photos of people sitting atop said wall have already been widely circulated online, but the latest humiliation to Trump comes from eight-year-old climber Lucy Hancock, who surmounted a replica of the wall with nothing but her own tiny strength.
Rick Weber, co-founder of the Muir Valley rock climbing park in Rogers, Kentucky, built the replica by “relying on the wall’s official dimensions as well as recent images of the structure,” according to TIME. He did so after he heard Trump’s claim and his veteran rock climber nature kicked in.
“You don’t tell a bonafide rock climber something’s impossible to climb,” he said.
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Hancock is one of several people who have tested the replica. She was able to reach the top without any ropes or other climbing tools, though she did wear a belay to catch her in case she fell. An adult tester was able to climb the replica wall in just 40 seconds.
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According to Hancock’s mother, Karla, the third-grader has a “natural inclination toward politics and rock climbing” already, and doesn’t understand why the U.S. should be keeping migrants out with a wall or anything else.
“To her, it’s black and white: If somebody’s hungry, and you have the means to give to them, why couldn’t you?” Karla said.
The test climbs are in preparation for a challenge that Weber plans to bring to “Rocktoberfest,” a local rock climber festival. There, Weber will have climbers compete for the best time getting over his Trump wall replica.
Place your bets now for the fastest time and/or the angriest Trump tweet!