Crowdfunding campaign to "build the wall" launched by US Air Force vet raises $4.2 million in just 4 days
Triple amputee Brian Kolfage who is behind the crowdfunding said, "It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project"
A crowdfunding campaign launched by an Air Force veteran to build the wall with Mexico on the southern border has raised a staggering $4.2 million of its $1 billion goal in just four days.
As of Thursday morning, over 70,000 people had contributed to the campaign, with the donations ranging from $5 to $250. The exponential increase in funds was hard to miss considering the campaign raised only $800,000 in the first three days, Daily Mail reports.
With President Donald Trump focused in his undeterred quest of securing the required funding for the wall, conservatives across the internet decided to bolster his efforts by contributing to the campaign launched by the Iraqi war vet and triple amputee Brian Kolfage.
The GoFundMe campaign titled "We The People Will Fund The Wall" was launched by Kolfage on Sunday. "It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling," the page reads. "If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall."
According to the page, the Trump administration has been notified in order to secure a point of contact where all the money will be directed. That said, it claims it has "many very high-level contacts already helping."
"As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today," the 37-year-old triple amputee says, elaborating on his history as a Purple Heart Medal recipient.
During an insurgent attack in Iraq back in 2004, Kolfage lost both legs and his right arm.
"Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society," the website continues.
The married father-of-two highlighted that his grandparents immigrated to the US legally, adding, "they did it the correct way and it's time we uphold our laws and get this wall BUILT!"
"It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling," the page reads.
President Trump recently said that Mexico would pay for the border wall indirectly under the new trade agreement and the military would build it.
"Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA! Far more money coming to the US. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large-scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!," he tweeted.
Speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump administration is exploring "different" sources to fund the president's proposed wall along the southern border.
“There are certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use, that we can couple with money that would be given through congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our border," Sanders said.
According to reports, the commander-in-chief has demanded $5 billion to pay for the border wall during his campaign. Trump has threatened to shut down some federal agencies if lawmakers aren't able to pass a bipartisan spending measure by midnight Friday.
In a conversation with Meaww, Lenny DePaul, a retired Chief Inspector with the US Marshal Service, commented on the political deadlock on the border wall issue:
"When a law enforcement officer sits back and tries to gauge the politics behind it, they are left scratching their head, thinking, 'Come on guys, let's get it done and stop talking about it. We've got a job to do.' It really gets frustrating for active agents. That said, personally, I don't think $5 billion is too much to ask for border security."