Army Veteran Crowdfunds Millions To Build Trump's Wall
A group fundraising to help the U.S. President 'Make America Safe Again' has raised $2 million in just four days.
The campaign was started by U.S. airforce veteran Brian Kolfage, who said on his GoFundMe page that he lost three limbs in a rocket attack while deployed in Iraq.
He started the online fundraising campaign -- with a goal of $5 billion -- less than a week ago, with an impassioned plea to help Trump to complete, what Kolfage believes, is the President's only remaining undelivered election promise.
"Like a majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again," Kolfage said on the GoFundMe page, which has since gone viral and been covered by several mainstream media outlets.
Kolfage, who said his grandparents were "legal" immigrants to America, believes taxpayers are being taken advantage of by immigrants who have "no means of ever contributing to our society."
The page's fundraising goal is set at $1 billion, what he said was the upper limit for the site, but he actually wants to raise five times that amount to finance the entire wall project.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall,” the veteran turned motivational speaker, said on the page.
"That equates to roughly five billion dollars, even if we get half, that's half the wall. We can do this."
And it appears his plea is working.
More than 20,000 people have donated in just four days since the campaign launched, racking up a staggering $2 million (as of time of writing).
Which is just $998 million short of Kolfage's goal, of one billion dollars.
The campaign comes as debate over the wall continues in Washington, as Trump wages war with Democrats in Congress, who refuse to fund his proposal.
Earlier this month, Trump demanded $5 billion as downpayment for the construction of the wall, which he claims will prevent criminals and drug rings from entering America from Mexico.
That sum is jut a small fraction of what was initially a $450 billion bill Congress was asked to approve, which would help fund other border security measures near the border as well.
It follows a heated exchange between Trump and House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, last week, in which the President threatened to shut down the government over the border security dispute.
But this week, Trump backed down on the shutdown threat, with spokesperson Sarah Sanders claiming they had identified other funding sources for the project.
The President also took to Twitter to seemingly clear up how the wall will look, claiming it would not be made of concrete, as Democrats believed, but would look more like a fence.
"We are building artistically designed steel slats, so that you can easily see through it," he tweeted.
"It will be beautiful and, at the same time, give our Country the security that our citizens deserve. It will go up fast and save us BILLIONS of dollars a month once completed!"
He also said Mexico was paying indirectly for the Wall project through the new U.S-Mexico-Canada trade deal.
The President is yet to comment on the GoFundMe campaign.