The GoFundMe seeking to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall reached $16 million on Dec. 23 as a competing campaign raised just $135,000 to buy ladders to climb the wall.
After six days, the pro-wall campaign, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” exceeded $16 million with more than 264,000 donors, according to The Epoch Times. The page, created by triple-amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, has a goal of $1 billion.
Kolfage’s GoFundMe could become the top campaign ever on the crowdfunding website. The No. 1 GoFundMe, the “Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund,” raised $22 million after it was started in December 2017.
The “Fund The Wall” campaign is already at No. 2 with $16.1 million, surpassing a fundraiser for families of the Humboldt Broncos team involved in a fatal crash. That one raised $15 million.
Kolfage wrote on his 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.
“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. 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.
“I have grandparents who immigrated to America legally, 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.”
‘Ladders’ campaign started
$16 million was enough to spur liberal activist Charlotte Clymer to start a GoFundMe campaign to buy ladders to climb the wall, Fox News reported.
The newly created campaign is a bit tongue-in-cheek and even the fund’s founders admit they probably won’t reach their $100 million goal (the fund currently has only raised around $135,000).
“We wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them,” the GoFundMe page stated. “You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours.”
Speaking to Business Insider, Clymer said the campaign is meant to draw attention to the benefits of immigration to the U.S.
“I’ve really been happy with how this has generated conversation on just the absurdity of the wall in general,” she told Business Insider. “Undocumented folks are not bringing crime or drug smuggling or any of this job-stealing nonsense to our country.”
Kolfage says Democrats support his idea
In an interview with Fox, Kolfage said, “We’re not getting just people who voted for Trump now.”
“I’m getting messages from many Democrats who say they support this wall … It’s showing the support of all Americans who are coming together on this,” he said.
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) December 21, 2018
“The amount of support behind this wall is a lot more than the liberal media, CNN, and all of them want you to believe,” Kolfage said. “That’s why I was shocked when I got tons of emails from Democrats. It blew my mind because you don’t hear anything about that, you don’t think Democrats want this wall, but clearly they do want this wall.”
Last week, President Trump tweeted an image of the proposed wall.
A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful! pic.twitter.com/sGltXh0cu9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
Source: The Epoch Times & Fox News