President Trump has had such a tough time making progress with the construction of his long-promised border wall that the project is now starting to crumble, in a metaphorical sense. On Thursday night, Pennsylvania-born boxer Rod Salka showed up to his bout against Mexican super featherweight champ Francisco Vargas wearing red, white, and blue border wall-themed shorts. He got his ass kicked.
Here’s a better look at the trunks, which say “America 1st” across the waistband.
This isn’t the first time Salka has had his ass handed to him by an Hispanic opponent. In 2014, Danny Garcia dropped him like a bag of dirt at the Barclays Center.
Though his loss Thursday night wasn’t quite as vicious, he doesn’t seem like he had much of a chance at any point during the fight. Vargas worked him over for four rounds before landing an uppercut in the fifth that forced Salka to his knees. The punishment continued in the sixth, and after the round concluded Salka’s team threw in the towel, giving Vargas a TKO.
Salka’s losing track record extends beyond the boxing ring. In 2016, he ran as a Republican for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, losing by more than 30 points to the Democratic incumbent.
“The military taught me a great deal about urgency,” Salka said after announcing his candidacy. “You can’t just get around to things. They have to be done quickly and done well. That’s the kind of urgency I want to bring to Harrisburg, where the current crew can’t get a budget passed. It’s not enough to just show up. You have to do your job.”
The actual border wall hasn’t fared much better than Salka. In March, Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that didn’t provide any significant funding for his biggest campaign promise, frustrating many of his supporters who expected a swifter end to the “drug and people flows” coming from Mexico. With no wall on the horizon, Trump last week signed an executive order deploying the National Guard to the border, where he says they will stay until the wall is up. The governors of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico complied by mobilizing troops this week.
As of Friday afternoon, Salka’s Wikipedia page lists his boxing nickname as “The Racist.”
Here’s footage of the entire fight, in case you’d like to enjoy the metaphor in-full.