Border wall GoFundMe campaign raises $1.6mn in 2 days

Border wall GoFundMe campaign raises $1.6mn in 2 days

Warning of a "joke presidency" that "scammed the American people", conservative radio host Ann Coulter unloaded on President Trump's apparent softening on securing funding for his border wall, suggesting that Trump will have "no legacy whatsoever" if it doesn't get built. That is, of course, far short of both the $1 billion goal and the amount Trump wanted for the wall ($5 billion) before he abandoned it in a fight with Democrats over a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown.

"This GoFundMe should be proof that the wall was not some 'metaphor" for Trump's base; failure to deliver on this promise will have dire consequences in 2020, ' wrote Jon Levine, media editor at The Wrap.

But Coulter doubted whether Trump was actually interested in a wall given that, according to her, he already had authority to build it on his own.

Kolfage, who said his grandparents were "legal" immigrants to America, believes taxpayers are being taken advantage of by immigrants who have "no means of ever contributing to our society".

Kolfage says his grandparents immigrated to the United States legally, adding, 'they did it the correct way and it's time we uphold our laws and get this wall BUILT!'

"If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the administration would be seeking "other ways' to fund the wall, such as by pooling available funds from other government agencies".

US Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage set up a GoFundMe campaign on Monday asking for supporters to pitch in to pay for the wall.

Trump accused Democrats in a Twitter post earlier on Wednesday of being willing to fund everything but "border security and the military", while his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway took Republican lawmakers to task for not pushing harder on the issue. A 107 mm rocket shell exploded about three feet away from him, sending him airborne. White House officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the fundraising effort. Kolfage is "the most severely wounded Airman to survive any war", his website states. He became a motivational speaker and has dabbled in politics, saying that he filmed a campaign ad for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., months before she was shot.

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