President Trump is in a tough battle to secure funding for his new U.S.-Mexico border wall. A famous triple amputee US Air Force veteran has an idea on how to help.
And it appears to be working.
According to FOX 17 Nashville, Brian Kolfage lost two legs and a right hand while serving in Iraq. He recently gained a lot of attention after getting into a battle with Facebook, which blacklisted his page amidst a sweep of over 800 other pages and accounts for “violating its rules against spam and ‘inauthentic behavior’” before the November midterm elections, CNET reported.
Now as Kolfage continues to fight with Facebook, the vet has started a GoFundMe page to help Trump build his wall through private donations, Business Insider reported.
“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,” Kolfage wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“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!” he added. “It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling.”
He pointed out that private funds have been donated to aid government projects before, citing the $7.5 million given in 2012 to cover half of the needed repairs to the Washington Monument in D.C.
As of 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Kolfage had exceeded $900,000 in donations from over 14,000 people in just two days.
By 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, he had raised almost $6 billion.
That amount puts Kolfage just shy of 5% of his $1 billion goal, but it’s still an impressive start.
The veteran’s move seems to have answered a suggestion by New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin, who wrote a piece on Sunday entitled: “Why hasn’t someone made a GoFundMe for Trump’s wall?”
Goodwin said he wrote the article in response to multiple people asking him how they, as private citizens, could help build the barrier.
“It seems that the taxes we pay are not going to be spent for our border protection by Chuck and Nancy and a number of Republicans,” one reader complained.
“If Congress won’t secure the borders, then it is necessary for the public to step in,” Goodwin concluded. “It would be a modern and critical twist on the Founders’ ideal of self-government.”
The highest donation by Thursday noon to Kolfage’s GoFundMe page was a donation of $10,015. Numerous donations were for $2,000 and above.