A triple-amputee veteran is raising millions for Donald Trump’s border wall through GoFundMe – Donald Trump’s America
Brian Kolfage, seated, has already asked the Trump administration where to send the money. (AP: Bebeto Matthews)
An online fundraiser started by an Air Force veteran to pay for construction of President Donald Trump’s US-Mexico border wall has raised millions of dollars, bringing further attention to an issue that could lead to a government shutdown.
- Brian Kolfage has a fundraising goal of $1.4 billion
- Mr Kolfage said the wall could be built if every Trump voter pledged $112.50 each
- Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the Government if Congress doesn’t fund the wall
Brian Kolfage launched the GoFundMe page on Sunday, and it had generated nearly $15 million in donations as of Thursday night (local time). The site states a fundraising goal of $US1 billion ($1.4 billion).
In a statement posted on the crowdsourcing page, Mr Kolfage said the wall could be built if everyone who voted for Mr Trump pledged $112.50 each.
“As a veteran who has given so much, three limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today,” Mr Kolfage wrote.
A triple amputee injured in the Iraq War in 2004, Mr Kolfage said he has contacted the Trump administration about where to send the money once the fundraiser ends.
Mr Trump announced on Thursday he would not sign a bill to keep funding the government because it fails to provide billions for his border wall.
It was his second reversal in a matter of days after conservative allies and pundits accused him of backing down on a central campaign promise.
His decision has thrown Congress into disarray and risks a federal shutdown this weekend.
Mr Kolfage, who is listed on GoFundMe as being based in Miramar Beach, Florida, said in an email that he was not immediately available to comment.
Brian Kolfage said he wants to “ensure future generations have everything we have today”. (Northwest Florida Daily News via AP: Nick Tomecek)
The reception toward Mr Kolfage’s fundraising is far from the reaction when Arizona politicians similarly tried to raise money for border fencing several years ago.
Legislators approved a bill in 2011 to establish a website to raise about $70 million for border fencing.
The effort, however, flopped, bringing in around $373,000.
Mr Kolfage’s page inspired at least one opposing fundraising page.
A GoFundMe fundraiser was created to raise money for “ladders to get over Trump’s wall”.
The site posted a goal of $140 million and garnered more than $80,000 in donations as of Thursday night.
All the money will go toward a non-profit that provides education and legal services to refugees and immigrant families.