GoFundMe Campaign to Build Border Wall Started by Purple Heart Air Force Veteran Raises More Than $3.5 Million in Days
MIRAMAR, FlORIDA – December 20, 2018
Florida resident Brian Kolfage, who is a triple amputee and Air Force veteran, started the GoFundMe page on Dec. 16. By Thursday morning, more than $3.5 million had been pledged by more than 55,000 people to the cause, dubbed “We The People Will Fund The Wall.”
The description of the page says in part, “If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.” That equates to roughly 5 Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”
A 2004 blast in Kuwait, which fell on the third anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, severed his legs and his right arm near the wrist.
According to his website, Kolfage lost his legs and his right arm near the wrist during Operation Iraqi Freedom during a rocket attack at Balad Air Force Base on Sept. 11, 2004. Mr Kolfage spent the next eight hours in surgery, where military doctors were planning for the worst.
He said a concerted effort by citizens can help raise some of the funds needed to build the border war.
$500,000 RAISED in 48 Hrs to FUND THE WALL! No media yet?? We need the MSM! Use #GoFundTheWall TREND IT!https://t.co/0KPEKN9WtE@DeplorableChoir @DonaldJTrumpJr @codeofvets @RepMattGaetz @DRUDGE @mattgaetz @gehrig38 @parscale @DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump @RedNationRising— Brian Kolfage (@BrianKolfage) December 19, 2018
“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall,” Kolfage wrote on his fundraising page. “That equates to roughly ($5 billion), even if we get half, that's half the wall. We can do this.”
The page’s current limit is $1 billion, but Kolflage said he’s looking to get that limit raised to raise the money needed. Kolflage also wrote that he’s been in contact with the Trump administration and claims, “We have many very high level contacts already helping.”