A GoFundMe campaign that was set up for the American people to crowdfund the wall is rapidly becoming one of the largest crowdfunding efforts of all time.
At this time, the “We The People Will Fund The Wall” movement has raised over 14 million dollars.
Business Insider reported that US Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage set up a GoFundMe campaign on Monday asking for supporters to pitch in to pay for the wall.
In 48 hours, the campaign has already received more than $1 million in donations. More than 11,400 supporters have donated. At one point on Wednesday, the campaign was raising $1,000 each minute.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 20, 2018
If neither Mexico nor Congress is going to fund President Trump’s border wall, then Brian Kolfage has a more expedient plan: GoFundMe.
In just four days, the military veteran’s crowdsourced campaign for construction of the border wall has raked in more than $2.5 million in donations from more than 43,000 people as of early Thursday. Kolfage, a triple amputee who won a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq, is aiming to raise $1 billion for wall funding through the GoFundMe.
He proposed on the GoFundMe page that if every one of the 63 million people who voted for Trump donated $80, they would get the wall that Trump promised them, echoing an idea included in a New York Post column over the weekend.
The 37-year-old Air Force vet of Miramar Beach, Fla., said in an email to The Washington Post that he decided to start the campaign on Sunday because “political games from both parties” have been holding back funding for the wall. He said his campaign, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” was about “giving the people the power.”
“It’s time to stop playing games with voters,” Kolfage said in an email. “If we are told we’re getting something, make it happen.”
The campaign picked up steam this week, when Trump on Tuesday abandoned his demands that Congress allocate $5 billion for the wall or face a government shutdown. Trump had previously said he would be “proud” to shut down the government to get his wall money. But it quickly became apparent that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were not fond of that proposal. On Wednesday, Congress passed a short-term spending bill to avoid a shutdown by the Friday deadline — but that bill contained no money for Trump’s border wall, leaving its future in question as Democrats take over the House next month.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the administration would be seeking “other ways’ to fund the wall, such as by pooling available funds from other government agencies. Trump promised Wednesday morning on Twitter that “one way or another, we will win on the Wall!”