Veteran Behind Viral GoFundMe for Wall Says ‘Many Democrats’ Thanked Him

Soldiers assigned to 87th Sapper Company place concertina wire on a border wall near Douglas Arizona Nov. 15 2018. U.S. Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secu

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According to the creators, the rival campaign "isn't really about ladders at all" but is meant to point out the ridiculousness of the original fundraiser started by retired U.S. Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage Jr. called "We the People Will Build the Wall Fund".

Responding to a GoFundMe page by an Army veteran that has raised more than $13 million to fund a border wall, a transgender woman and human-rights activist has set up a page to pay for ladders so people can climb over the wall advocated by President Trump.

He has started the GoFundMe page "We The People Will Fund The Wall" in an effort to raise money to build the 2,000-mile border wall along the USA border.

In his message, Kolfage has stated that if $80 are donated by 63 million people who voted for Trump, $5b can be collected. The campaign has a goal of fundraising the $5 billion President Donald Trump has deemed necessary to build the wall.

Kolfage cited the case of businessman David Rubenstein, a billionaire history buff who donated $7.5 million to the USA government in order to fix natural disaster damage to the Washington Monument in 2012.

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According to GoFundMe's year-end report, which was compiled before the border wall fundraiser, only three fundraisers still raised more money: the Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, a fund for the victims of a hockey team's tragic bus accident earlier this year and the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. Kolfage's GoFundMe page is asking for $1 billion, which is the maximum a GoFundMe campaign can raise.

Two weeks after threatening a partial government shutdown if funding for a border wall was not included in the latest stopgap Washington, D.C. spending plan, Trump signaled a retreat on the issue - drawing a chorus of condemnation from his conservative base.

Kolfage on his page said that the average donation is about $60 per contributor.

"Senator Mitch McConnell should fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything".

The Senate has been called back into session to consider a package approved by House Republicans late Thursday that includes the $5.7 billion Trump wants for the border with Mexico.

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GoFundMe prohibits "not using funds for their stated goal", so if Homeland Security is unable to accept the money, Kolfage will likely have to send refunds to his campaign's donors.

After addressing the looming government shutdown in his monologue, Kimmel told his audience that Trump may not need Mexico or Congress to pay for the wall because "very dopey people [are] ready to pay for it themselves".

And what if Congress does end up paying for the wall?

Kolfage did an interview with the Guardian around the time the pages were taken down, and said he was shocked: "I've talked with Facebook maybe 50 times in the last few months", he said "not once did they ever say we broke any rules or did something wrong".

"During World War II, 85 million Americans purchased $185 billion in war bonds and financially supported our troops while they were defending our country", Palazzo said.

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