A New Jersey Trump supporter who was raising funds to bail her out of jail if she was arrested trying to pop the Trump balloon, just had her own bubble burst.
Kathie Kitt Conklin, who vowed to pop the “Baby Trump” balloon when it is set to fly over the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, created a GoFundMe page to raise money for bail in case she did get arrested, WNBC reported Thursday.
“This GoFundMe page is set up for bail in case I become arrested, which is likely. If anyone is interested in supporting this cause. Please feel free to donate,” the page read, but was soon taken down.
“This campaign violates GoFundMe’s terms of service. It has been removed from the platform and all donors have been refunded,” a GoFundMe spokesperson said in a statement Thursday. According to the company terms and conditions, GoFundMe prohibits campaigns “to be in support of, or for the legal defense of alleged crimes.”
Conklin raised over $200 of her $1,000 goal before the campaign was taken down, according to NJ.com.
GoFundMe pulls down campaign for New Jersey woman to pop ‘Trump Baby’ balloon https://t.co/3loq42KfAD
— Pacx Draud (@PacxDraud21) July 19, 2018
“I’m tired of people disrespecting our President! I plan on taking out this ridiculous balloon,” she had written on the campaign page. “But as everyone is aware.. Trump support(er)s end up in jail while Liberals walk away with not even a slap on the wrist. This GoFundMe page is set up for bail in case I become arrested. Which is likely.”
Conklin’s plan was in response to reports that activists were working to bring the 20-foot balloon of Trump as a baby in a diaper holding a cell phone to the U.S. after seeing it flown in London to protest the president’s visit there.
Jim Girvan, one of the organizers, told CNN they got permission from UK activists to make their own balloons from the original patterns and they had to start their own GoFundMe campaign to pay the cost.
That effort has raised more than triple their original goal, with nearly $24,000 donated in just under a week. The plan is to fly the balloons at rallies across the nation on what is being called the “Baby Trump Tour.”
Incredible! Our fundraising campaign has concluded succeeding beyond our wildest dreams. Please stay tuned as we work out the details of bringing @babytrumptour to you location. P2R!
— Baby Trump Tour (@babytrumptour) July 18, 2018
Girvan is also the organizer of the New Jersey activist group People’s Motorcade which is so affected by Trump Derangement Syndrome that they hold protests outside of Trump National every Saturday, according to CNN.
Conklin started another campaign after the first was taken down, calling it “Operation President Trump Respect,” according to WNBC. But that page also appears to have been deleted.
Before the removal of the first GoFundMe page, Conklin claimed she was receiving death threats from supporters of the Baby Trump balloon.
“Unbelievable response from the opponents! There’s been death threats and lots of hate,” Conklin wrote, according to NJ.com. “This is not what I want our country to be about.. there is too much HATE! disobedience for our laws, and an extremely disappointing display of morals. I do NOT want our children thinking its okay to disrespect, protest with HATE, and all the violence goes unnoticed. That sets a POOR example.”
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