Cards Against Humanity buys land in path of Trump's Mexican border wall

Makers of off-colour party game launch Christmas ad campaign by calling President Trump a ‘preposterous golem’

US Customs and Border Protection patrol a section of the existing border fence
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Cards Against Humanity has purchased a plot of land on the US-Mexico border in a headline-grabbing attempt to prevent the construction of President Donald Trump’s promised border wall.

“Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans,” the makers of the adults-only party game said in a statement on their website.

“He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing.”

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In response, the company has bought a vacant plot of land in the path of the planned wall.

The purchase is part of a wider Christmas promotion with an unusually overt political overtone.

“It’s 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet,” the company says on a new website set up to promote the campaign,

Cards Against Humanity Saves America will take aim at “injustice, lies, racism, the whole enchilada,” according to the site.

The company is seeking $15 (£11) donations from fans of the game, in which players combine off-colour phrase cards into eyebrow-raising sentences, to help achieve their goal.

Those who donate will receive six “America-saving surprises” delivered to their doorsteps in the run-up to Christmas.

“If you voted for Trump, you might want to sit this one out,” the site adds.

The promotion has struck a chord with fans of the game. “All 150,000 slots offered on the first day were sold out by before midnight on Tuesday,” Gizmodo reports.

But while the border wall obstruction may be good press for Cards Against Humanity - particularly among the game’s left-leaning core demographic of college students and young people - it is unlikely to curtail President Trump’s cornerstone campaign promise.

A legal concept called ‘eminent domain’ - known in the UK as compulsory purchase - means that federal or state governments can exercise the right to appropriate private land for government use in certain circumstances.

While a compulsory purchase order is likely, Cards Against Humanity says it does not intend to let the process go ahead easily.

“[We have] retained a law firm specialising in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built,” the firm said.

In addition to the problem of buying up the parcels of privately owned land along the border, Trump faces an even tougher challenge, says The Independent - convincing “reluctant members of Congress to allocate the billions of dollars needed to construct the structure.”

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