One GoFundMe campaign is seriously trending after it was found that its goal was to raise at least $1 billion to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
The pro-wall campaign, titled “We the People Will Fund The Wall,” was started by Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran who lost three limbs in Iraq.
Just three days after publishing, the campaign raised over $7 million.
“As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today,” Kolfage wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“Like a majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society.” Kolfage continued on his GoFundMe page.
Kolfage shared how if each of the 63 million people who voted for President Trump gave just $80, the effort could meet $5 billion.
In 2016, Trump touted how Mexico would pay for the border wall, a major promise he made on his campaign trail.
Yet, Mexico’s government says it will not fund construction of said wall.
It is not certain, however, if the government would be able to accept the funds but Kolfage shared on the fundraiser page how “the government has accepted large private donations before,” referencing a billionaire’s donation of $7.5 million to fund repairs of the Washington Monument.
The effort of the “We the People Will Fund the Wall” effort is already the most successful GoFundMe campaign of the year, including the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund as well as March for Our Lives.
The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund connects victims of workplace sexual harassment with legal assistance, the group raising over $22 million, followed by the March for Our Lives which helps fund a Washington D.C. rally to end gun violence at over $3.5 million.
But Kolfage’s campaign is not the only GoFundMe garnering attention…
In response to the We The People Will Fund The Wall, another veteran by the name of Charlotte Clymer, started a GoFundMe this past Wednesday called “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall.”
The campaign has already raised over $30,000 towards its $100 million goal in just 18 hours online. GoFundMe has even given it a “trending” label.
Clymer shared with CNET how she does not like it when military service is used to access vulnerable communities.
“Those aren’t the values the Army taught me,” she said.
All funds raised from Clymer’s campaign will go to RAICES, or the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
It is a nonprofit that provides both free and low-cost legal services to immigrants as well as refugees.
“This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all,” Clymer penned on the GoFundMe page. “It’s about lifting people up.”
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