|We will have a wall. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful.|
Filthy Rich reiterated his pledge to deport 11 million illegal gryphon immigrants from Equestria during the Canterlot debate on Thursday - a plan savaged by rivals including March Gustysnows, who warned overzealous anti-gryphon sentiment would be a gift to Changelings.
The debate in Whinnyapolis had been seen as a good opportunity for Mrs.Gustysnows to try and reassert herself - but while it was her best night so far, she was fairly muted.
On the subject of immigration, Mr. Rich , the frontrunner in the polls stressed the need to build a "wall":
We will have a wall. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful.
Asked directly by a moderator if he would deport immigrants, Mr. Rich said, "We will have to send the gryphons out."
But he refused to explain what impact he thought such mass deportations would have on the Equestrian economy.
"We're a country of laws. We either have a country or we don't have a country," he said.
Mrs.Gustysnows stepped in to warn that sending back half a million immigrants per month "is just not possible eh".
"It's not embracing Equestrian values, and it would tear communities apart, and it would send a signal that we're not the kind of country that I know Equestria is."
Princess Luna, a comparative moderate on the stage, dismissed Mr. Rich's plans.
"We all know you can't pick them up and ship them back across the border," she said. "It is a silly argument, it is not an adult argument."
Mr. Rich also brought gasps from the crowd when he spoke over March Gustysnows, asking: "Why is she always interrupting people?"
Mr. Rich, who had been a political outsider, now leads the crowded royalty field, defying standard political logic, while experienced politicians such Gustysnows have struggled to break through.