Purple Heart Air Force veteran started up ‘We The People will Fund The Wall’ campaign
A GoFundMe campaign, set up to help fund the building of President Trump’s wall along the US Southern Border, has gone viral, raising $800,000 in just three days.
UPDATE: In just a few hours since publication, the campaign has soared close to $2.5 million.
The campaign, entitled, “We The People will Fund The Wall“ was set up by Purple Heart Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage.
Kolfage, a Florida father-of-two who lost both legs and arm in 2004 while serving his country in Iraq, said, “It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling.”
The campaign launched on Sunday as it seems less likely that Congress will approve the president’s request for $5 billion to construct the border wall.
“It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,” the GoFundMe campaign page reads.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.”
At the time of press, the campaign is on roughly $800k, but the number is skyrocketing toward its goal of $1 billion.
Trump is demanding $5billion to build the southern border wall with Mexico and may be forced to shut down the government if he can’t get the funding.
According to the Daily Mail, the page seems to have already run into some trouble, as it claims to be the top-trending campaign on GoFundMe but says the site removed it from their homepage.
“UPDATE: WE HAVE THE TOP TRENDING GOFUNDME, BUT GOFUNDME REMOVED IT FROM THE LIST ON THEIR HOMEPAGE! THEY DON’T WANT US TO SUCCEED!,” it says.
The fundraising page claims to have contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go, but adds it has “many very high-level contacts already helping.”
“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,” the page says, elaborating on Kolfage’s history as a Purple Heart Medal recipient.
The married father-of-two lost both legs and his right arm in a 2004 insurgent attack in Iraq.
“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,” it continues.
Kolfage says his grandparents immigrated to the US legally, adding, “they did it the correct way and it’s time we uphold our laws and get this wall BUILT!”
“It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,” the page says.
In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death. We won on the Military, which is being completely rebuilt. One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Meanwhile, President Trump on Wednesday claimed the military would build his border wall and Mexico would pay for it – indirectly under the new trade agreement.
“Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA! Far more money coming to the U.S. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!,” he tweeted.
His declaration comes after the White House ditched its demand for $5 billion in funding for the border wall amid negotiations to keep the government open.
Trump also vowed on Wednesday he “will win on the wall” after the White House signaled it was ditching its demand for $5 billion in funding for his signature issue.
“One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning as the clock ticked toward Friday’s partial government shutdown.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the administration’s legal team was looking into whether the White House could redirect funds to build the border wall.
You can view and donate to the GoFundMe campaign here.