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Brian Kolfage came up with the idea and put together the “Wall Fundraising Team” along with the #GoFundTheWall hashtag earlier this week. Under the GoFundMe campaign called “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” Kolfage called on 63 million Trump voters to pledge $80 each to build the wall. That would result in $5 billion, or “half the wall,” as he claims. The GoFundMe is currently set at the site’s maximum limit, $1 billion.
“Democrats are going to stall this project by every means possible and play political games to ensure President Trump doesn’t get his victor,” Kolfage writes on the fundraiser. “They’d rather see President Trump fail, than see America succeed. 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.”
Kolfage stresses the GoFundMe isn’t a scam and mentions that he has “a public figure Facebook page with a blue check mark” that verifies his identity. He also says the fundraiser’s team has “contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go upon completion.”
That said, Twitter has questions for Kolfage. For one, it seems a lot like Trump’s base is giving in and funding the wall themselves because they know Trump’s claims of getting Mexico to do it don’t add up.
Trump supporters sending money to a GoFundMe campaign for a border wall is the ultimate confirmation that even his base knows he’s a shameless liar. Mexico isn’t, wasn’t and ain’t ever gonna pay for Trump’s wall.pic.twitter.com/nY9FWd74D9— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 20, 2018
Predator trump: Who’s going to pay for the wall?— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 20, 2018
MAGA Cultists: MEXICO!!!!
Predator trump: Who’s going to pay for the wall?
MAGA Cultists: US FIRST AND THEN MEXICO!!!!
Predator trump: Who’s going to pay for the wall?
MAGA Cultists: We are! We made a GoFundMe Page!
Then there’s the sheer amount of money required to build the wall. Trump has suggested the wall could cost anywhere from $15 billion to $25 billion, which is enormous compared to Kolfage’s estimated $10 billion for a full wall. Sure, $5 million looks like a lot, but it’s pocket change compared to the full cost.
The GoFundMe page started by the MAGA folks for the border wall has raised over $3 million.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 20, 2018
The cost of the wall is about $25 BILLION.
In other words, they've raised enough for 1/100th of 1% of the Wall.
No one said these people were good at math.
Honestly, if people want to donate to that GoFundMe for the wall, go for it. People do all sorts of dumb things with money, plus, there's no way they'll come anywhere near enough to pay for that ridiculous thing.— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) December 20, 2018
the gofundme for the border wall is kind of amazing.— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) December 20, 2018
i will be updating this thread regularly to see how it does compared to the amount of tax dollars trump has spent golfing.
right now: gofundme 2 mil trump golfing: 84 mil pic.twitter.com/PiSLVls7YI
Jesus Christ, maybe you should do a gofundme for universal healthcare or homeless vets? also, you'll never reach 5 billion. good luck with your fear mongering white supremacist scams though.— Pythogenes (@Pythogenes) December 20, 2018
Realistically speaking, it’s incredibly unlikely that the wall will ever be built in the first place. Kolfage stresses the team will “hold all funds and not release a single penny until we have all legal aspects covered” to make sure “our money goes only to the wall.” But 2020 is approaching a little too fast at this rate.
What kind of person donates money to a GoFundMe page to build a border wall that never will be built? The kind of person who donates to a mega-church founder so he can buy a private jet to fly them to heaven.— James Morrison (@JamesPMorrison) December 20, 2018
MAGA kid- Daddy! What’s for dinner?— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 20, 2018
MAGA dad- *slams down GoFundMe receipt* LIBERAL TEARS SON! OWNING THE LIBS BY PAYING FOR A WALL!
MAGA kid- But I’m hungry.
MAGA dad- WELL ENJOY THEM TEARS! WE OWNED THEM!
i just wanna know how high u have to be to donate to a gofundme to build a wall to stop drugs from coming in pic.twitter.com/iQOVZoBaYP— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) December 20, 2018
I really can’t get over this wall gofundme. I can’t move on. I can’t get past it. I don’t want to get past it. I want to sit with it intimatly and laugh at it for the rest of my life.— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) December 20, 2018
In short, some Twitter users think the GoFundMe is nothing short of a scam.
Remember the NJ couple, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, who made up a feel good story about homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt to raise $400,000? If you thought that was a bad GoFundMe scam, wait until you hear about #GoFundTheWall. pic.twitter.com/vuIVQ6oiWp— harder enforcement ➡️ harder drugs (@abgutman) December 20, 2018
Something tells me that the gofundme for the border wall is going to end up being a huge scam but pic.twitter.com/yABdQDJ29m— J (@JRTE1113) December 20, 2018
What do they think the guy who started the GoFundMe is gonna do, actually give ALL of that money to the (despised) federal government to help finance a wall that will never be built?— Joel Rush (@JoelRushNBA) December 20, 2018
Scams within scams, and no shortage of suckers to fall for them, again and again and again. https://t.co/wF30zHuBmq
. @gofundme is partnering with me, a completely legitimate person, to raise $500 trillion for the SpaceForce® Space Wall®!!! "It's not a scam, it's GoFundMe".— Bob Fisher (@umlautilde) December 20, 2018
As for Kolfage, he seems unphased by the response.
“It’s America we can do anything we want!” he tweeted at one critic. The Daily Dot reached out to Kolfage to clarify how that’s going for him.
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.