An 8-year-old novice climber managed to scale a replica of President Trump's "virtually impenetrable" wall in just over a minute, contradicting the president's claim that it couldn't be climbed, Time reports.
Last month, Rick Weber, who co-founded the Muir Valley rock climbing park in Rogers, Ky., put Trump's claim to the test by building a version of the president's signature wall based on its official dimensions and recent images of the structure. Citing 20 unidentified climbers, Trump had claimed during a visit to San Diego that the 18-to-30-foot wall would be difficult to climb.
"You don't tell a bona fide rock climber something’s impossible to climb," Weber told Time.
Last weekend, Weber invited climbers attending the "Rocktoberfest" rock climbing festival at the Red River Gorge canyon system to scale his version of the wall. Prior to Weber's public invitation, Lucy Hancock, an 8-year-old girl whose mother, Karla, is from Travelers Rest, S.C., had previously climbed the replica in a little over a minute.
"Remember that border wall replica built by Rick Weber for a competition next weekend in the Red River Gorge?" Karla wrote on Facebook on Oct. 6. "We were able to help perform preliminary testing of the belay system this weekend. Lucy declared it an easy 5.7 with a tough dyno finish."
Video of Lucy shows the 8-year-old wearing nothing but a belay as she easily scales the wall while gripping one of its columns. In an interview with Time, Karla said her daughter, who has since earned praise on Facebook, has always been interested in climbing — and politics — at a young age. Recent conversation surrounding the country's immigration policy has left Lucy confused, her mother added.
"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.
Aside from Lucy, Eric Kloeker, another climber, reportedly managed to ascend the replica in just 40 seconds, Time notes.
Weber told the publication that he intended to host a fun competition but also wanted to point out the flaws in Trump's border wall, which is estimated to cost upwards of $6 billion.
"I'm not making an argument that we shouldn't have a secure border. I'm not doing that at all," he said. "What I'm trying to do is to make sure that we're not blowing a lot of money on some silly nonsense of putting up something that he thinks can't be climbed. Because it can. And will be."