Air Force veteran raises over $10 million on GoFundMe to help Trump build the wall
A recent New York Post op-ed, published Dec. 15, was titled “Why hasn’t someone made a GoFundMe for Trump’s wall?” Now, one American has done just that.
The campaign, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” was started by Brian Kolfage, 37, an Air Force veteran who was severely injured serving in Iraq.
The crowdfunding page went up three days ago, and it has already tipped $10 million, to date, and is rising fast. Kolfage has set their goal at $1 billion—the current maximum for GoFundMe—he stated on their website.
Trump has told congressional leaders that he would accept nothing less than $5 billion for the wall. Meanwhile, various estimates for building it ranged from $12 billion to $24 billion, though a 2017 report for Democrat senators said the costs could soar to as high as $70 billion.
Kolfage says he has not been in contact with the Trump administration to make any such donations legal yet, and until that happens, those funds are pledged to remain in holding. If the campaign fails to come close to its goal, though, those funds shall be returned to their donors.
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall,” Kolfage wrote on GoFundMe. “That equates to roughly 5 billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”
This isn’t the first crowdfunding initiative to raise money for the U.S. government—or even for the wall for that matter; an earlier non-profit, The American Border, has already raised $161,270 to help build the wall.
“The government has accepted large private donations before, most recently a billionaire donated $7.5 million to fund half of the Washington Monument repairs in 2012; this is no different,” said Kolfage.
Meanwhile, according to a recent online/telephone survey by Rasmussen Reports, a sizable number of Americans would readily contribute to the border wall, including 34 percent of Republicans, 21 percent of independents, and 10 percent of Democrats, who would make willing contributions.
Of these, 19 percent said they would be willing to pay an extra $100 per year; another 19 percent said they would be willing to pay an extra $300 per year; while 2 percent said they would be willing to pay as much as $1,000 extra in taxes per year.
In the same survey, 52 percent admitted that illegal aliens are a strain on the U.S. budget, while 45 percent said that they think illegals cause an increase in serious crime in the United States.
“If Congress won’t secure the borders, then it is necessary for the public to step in,” wrote Michael Goodwin in the New York Post op-ed. “It would be a modern and critical twist on the Founders’ ideal of self-government.”