A GoFundMe fundraiser launched to secure enough money to jump-start the construction of a wall along the U.S. southern border raised nearly $3 million in only three days.
Launched Monday by triple-amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, the fundraiser had by Thursday already accrued $2,821,617 in funds and counting, and despite allegedly being censored.
Kolfage, who lost both legs and his dominant arm when a rocket shell exploded only three feet away from him during his second Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment in 2004, launched the GoFundMe because he believes in President Donald Trump’s mission to “Make America Great Again.”
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! WE THE PEOPLE WILL FUND THE WALL!!!!
— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) December 17, 2018
“Like a majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again,” his fundraiser reads.
“President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL,” it continues, adding that the problem is that Democrats have and continue to block any attempts by the president and congressional Republicans to appropriate money for the wall’s construction.
“They’d rather see President Trump fail, than see America succeed,” Kolfage notes. “However, if we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jumpstart things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians. This won’t be easy, but it’s our duty as citizens.”
His GoFundMe is in fact one of several that have been launched to fund the wall. However, none of the others, including one launched as early as last April, have been nearly as successful.
As of Thursday, the earliest fundraiser had only $2,714 in donations versus Kolfage’s $2,821,617. Why such a difference? According to The Washington Post, it’s because of status.
“Kolfage … has one thing the others don’t: the distinguished status as ‘the most severely wounded airman’ to survive his injuries in history, as he put it on his website,” the Post notes.
The Air Force veteran is a well-known figure who’s previously been profiled by the media for his caustic criticisms of former President Barack Obama, disgraced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaerpernick, political correctness and social media censorship.
Watch the video below from two months ago to see him speaking on Fox News about the latter issue:
The wounded warrior has claimed GoFundMe is also censoring him.
“GoFundMe removed our Trump Wall campaign from their top list. We are the top fundraiser right now and they removed it from the list. We were front and center on their homepage. Do they not want us to succeed?” he wrote in an update Wednesday morning.
“Why are they suppressing us? Just like Facebook & Twitter have done, now GoFundme? NOTE: They haven’t stopped us from fundraising. They just made it difficult for people to find us.”
In an another update posted two hours later, he claimed GoFundMe had put his campaign back on its trending list. As of Thursday morning, the fundraiser was not on the list.
All that remains unclear is whether any of the money raised by Kolfage could actually be used for the wall. At the moment the answer appears to be no, though the Post notes that several GOP lawmakers have introduced bills that would allow the Treasury Department to accept donations for the wall.
But the Post also warns that the bills have been “just sitting in committee.” And unless House and Senate Republicans take prompt action, the bill will forever remain committee, given as the anti-border-wall Democrats will reclaim full control of the House.
No matter, because Kolfage stands by his decision to take action.
“There’s always a way to do something. People who say you can’t would never survive living in my life. I keep hearing, ‘you can’t,’ or ‘It’s not even legal,’ but those are the people who will never step up to try to make a difference. Anything is possible,” he said to the post.
The point is that he’s trying, which is a lot more than can be said of congressional Republicans. On Wednesday House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he plans to introduce a continuing resolution to ensure funding for the government through Feb. 8, 2019.
That CR does not contain funding for the wall. It’s because of actions like this that McConnell and his peers will — — unlike Kolfage, a true American hero — forever be remembered by many as zeroes.
$1.5M and counting… Brian Kolfage is a hero. #GoFundTheWall
— Debbie Hausman (@DebsFL) December 20, 2018
Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, Jr., a true American Hero ???❤?
Thank you for your service! Give to a Great, Worthy cause!
BUILD THAT WALL!!!!https://t.co/U5Vi7Q5vId
— Luke 10:25-28 (@AngelaWheeler1) December 19, 2018
?? #TheRainMakers ??@realDonaldTrump ??
?? Fundraiser Brian Kolfage – We The People
Will Fund The Wall – @rightwingnews
A GoFundMe has begun, thanks to one actual hero who took it upon himself to get the wall paid for
??#WeThePeople will #BuildTheWall pic.twitter.com/km1eCUgCh7
— #ProTrumpUK (@protrumpuk) December 18, 2018
Republicans in Congress show no courage nor fidelity to Conservatives. They are castrated and cowardly. The only courage is in the White House. Trump is the greatest American President. Hero, Brian Kolfage understands this. # @realDonaldTrump @POTUS Build the WALL! @FoxNews ? pic.twitter.com/U1iHYhwfwf
— MARS (@Fleetermouse) December 20, 2018
His name is Brian Kolfage. He is a war hero.
— Be Bestest (@FoxNewsinSocks) December 20, 2018
GoFundMe campaign to build border wall raises more than $900,000
Thank you Brian Kolfage. You are a true hero! https://t.co/edn0q6IsRy
— Gerri (@gerrijean1) December 20, 2018
I signed it. He is truly a great hero and patriot. Brian Kolfage is a Purple Heart recipient and he is still fighting for our country!??
— Coffey_J317 (@CoffeyJ317) December 19, 2018
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