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Twitter has so, so many questions about the GoFundMe to build Trump’s wall

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First off, it’s going to cost a lot more than $5 million.

Twitter has a lot of questions for the veteran responsible for the GoFundMe that has already raised over $5 million to get President Donald Trump his border wall.

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.

https://twitter.com/kdaywins/status/1075755569577910277

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.

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.

In short, some Twitter users think the GoFundMe is nothing short of a scam.

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

Ana Valens

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 Waypoint, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.