Counter GoFundMe page created to raise money to buy 'ladders' to climb over Trump's border wall
The GoFundMe page Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall was created Wednesday by Charlotte Clymer, who set up the page to counter a campaign for the border started by a USAF veteran.
In response to the highly successful crowdfunding campaign to "build the wall" started by Iraq war vet Brian Kolfage, a transgender woman and human rights activist has set up a GoFundMe to pay for "ladders" so that illegal aliens can climb over President Trump's proposed border wall. Liberal writer and feminist Charlotte Clymer from Texas created the crowdfunding page on Wednesday titled "Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall" in order to counter the We The People Will Fund The Wall campaign, which has already surpassed $10million.
While Clymer's campaign isn't picking up even nearly as quickly as the one started by Kolfage, it has managed to cross $60,000 of its $100 million goal, Daily Mail reports.
The crowdfunding description reads: "We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the US economy. Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved. Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values. And even though at a rate of $1.7million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7billion that Trump's own Department of Homeland Security says would be needed to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them."
Clymer further explained that if the goal is not met, all funds will be directed toward the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which claims to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas, per its website.
"If this seems ludicrous, we welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults," the campaign summary further reads. "You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours. Supporting an organization working to help immigrants seeking legal asylum. This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up."
Meanwhile, the crowdfunding page We The People Will Fund The Wall surpassed $10million of its $1billion goal as of Friday morning. 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 Kolfage.
According to reports, the commander-in-chief has demanded $5 billion to pay for the border wall. 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."