Secretary of State John Kerry told graduating students to prepare for a “borderless world” Friday during a commencement speech at Northeastern University.
Using the opportunity to take a jab at Donald Trump, Kerry criticized the idea of using a wall to protect the country’s porous Southern border.
“Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” Kerry said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”
Completely ignoring the fact that J. Michael Springman, the former chief of the visa section at the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, testified that the C.I.A. ordered him to approve the 9/11 hijackers’ visas, Kerry went on to accuse those who support a wall as “hiding” from the world.
“So I think that everything that we’ve lived and learn tells us that we will never come out on top if we accept advice from sound-bite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on Earth can remain great by looking inward,” Kerry continued. “And hiding behind walls at a time that technology has made that impossible to do and unwise to even attempt.”
Kerry not only balked at the idea of a border wall, but openly denounced national sovereignty by speaking against borders in general.
“The future demands from us something more than a nostalgia for some rose-tinted version of the past that did not really exist in any case,” Kerry said. “You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.”
The growing popularity of Trump’s anti-globalist message, which approves of global cooperation but rejects the top-down global government model, has caused immense backlash from within the political class.