Trump Supporter Launches $1 Billion GoFundMe Campaign to Finance Border Wall
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 26, 2018,
Dec 26, 2018, 7:45
Trump and congressional Democrats remain far apart as a midnight Friday deadline looms to approve funds to keep the United States government up and running.
The man behind the viral GoFundMe to "fund the wall" issued a response to people who believe his plan to raise $1 billion won't pan out.
President Donald Trump on Friday threatened a "very long" government shutdown if opposition Democrats refuse to approve funds for more border security and a wall on the USA border with Mexico. "People want this and they want a way to give for something they're passionate about".
The campaign hasn't only attracted small-dollar donations.
It went live on Sunday, and as of Friday morning had just passed the $11 million mark, with contributions from 186,000 backers, one whom donated $50,000 anonymously. He promises to return every penny if the goal is not achieved.
Apparently, 37-year-old right-winger Brian Kolfage-who has a "verified blue check facebook page"-and a bunch of online allies ready to spend their own hard-earned cash to fund Trump's promise. It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling", Kolfage wrote on the campaign's page, We The People Will Fund The Wall".
The "legal aspects" remain unclear. The DHS cites a law that says "gifts or donations of services or property of or for the Department may not be accepted, used, or disposed of unless specifically permitted in advance" by Congress. Since then, he's pivoted to the US government funding it, which has thus far been a nonstarter. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security report put the cost at $21.6 billion. Kolfage said he is "working to get it raised". Republican Mississippi Rep. Steve Palazzo, for example, introduced legislation that would allow for private funding of the border wall.
Democrats are going to stall this project by every means possible and play political games to ensure President Trump doesn't get his victor.
Border hawks were furious at the perceived betrayal, with arch-conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweeting: 'In fairness to Trump, maybe we misheard him in 2016. Those previous three campaigns met their fundraising goals. If not, all funds must be given back to donors - a rule Kolfage pledged to follow.
On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel went after President Trump supporters for organizing a GoFundMe campaign to fund the border wall.