Die Offene Gesellschaft, a Berlin-based pro-democracy nonprofit group, sent Donald Trump a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin wall. For nearly three decades the Berlin wall separated East and West Berlin.
Die Offene Gesellschaft, which means open society, sent the chunk of the wall as a dig at Trump’s obsession with the southern U.S. border wall.
The large and heavy section of the Berlin Wall was delivered to the White House as part of “The Wall Against Walls” initiative by the nonprofit organization.
The wall is signed by “Citizens of Berlin.” It also bears a message that reads, “We would like to give you one of the last pieces of the failed Berlin Wall to commemorate the United States’ dedication to building a world without walls.”
“Germany has united again and in Berlin, only a few scattered pieces remind us that no wall lasts forever,” the message painted on the slab reads.
The group informed the White House that their gift would be delivered to the White House on Saturday, November 9, marking the exact date that the Berlin wall fell.
As you can imagine the chunk of the wall was not cheap to ship. The shipping fees were covered by donations. The slab was flown to New York then driven to Washington, D.C. in a truck.
The piece of the historic Berlin wall is intended to be a criticism of not only Trump’s obsession with the border wall but his immigration policies as well. Trump has repeatedly referred to the border wall as a “matter of national security.” He has gone as far as using an emergency declaration to obtain funding after Congress after it denied his demand for funding.
It is unclear whether the White House accepted the delivery of the slab.