Thursday, December 20, 2018 | Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)
A triple-amputee veteran of the United States Air Force has raised $5.5 million in crowdfunding to build the border wall spanning the United States-Mexico border.
Florida’s Brian Kolfage set up a GoFundMe page on Sunday with the goal of reaching $1 billion for President Donald Trump’s continuous 2,000-mile wall along America’s southern border from California’s Pacific Coast to Texas’ Gulf Coast.
The veteran became the most critically wounded airman to survive any war in the history of the U.S. back on September 11, 2004, according to the Military Times.
Trying to do his part to secure America’s border as the Democratic Party continues to stymie Trump’s plan to build the wall, the American patriot is urging fellow citizens to contribute to the effort.
“It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,” Kolfage encourages Americans in his GoFundMe campaign titled, “We the People Will Fund the Wall.” “If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall. That equates to roughly $5 billion – even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”
Kolfage has faced political opposition from the left in his conservative efforts to support Trump’s pro-military agenda, which includes his tough-on-immigration stance and his push to secure the border in the name of national security … and to protect the American economy.
“In October, Kolfage … charged Facebook had a political motive for shutting down a page for the Right Wing News site he manages and another that promotes his company, Military Grade Coffee, which donates 10 percent of its proceeds to wounded veterans,” WND reported, noting that in just a couple days earlier this week, he crowdfunded $5.5 million for the wall.
Now he is using Facebook to bring more attention to his campaign to build the border wall, which is going viral.
“The crowdfunding page has been shared on Facebook over 100,000 times [from Sunday through Wednesday], and has been receiving regular donations by the minute,” TheBlaze reported.
Americans owe it to each other
Besides wanting a border wall to provide a secure future for his family, Kolfage also has posterity in mind.
“As a veteran who has given so much – three limbs – I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today,” he stated on his campaign page.
Kolfage stressed the dire need for border security that was not met by previous administrations.
“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,” he added. “[Democrats will stall the border wall by every means possible [and will] play political games to ensure President Trump doesn’t get his victory.”
It was then argued that the Democrats’ desire to dump and impeach Trump far exceeds their desire to protect the Americans they profess to care about.
“They’d rather see President Trump fail than see America succeed,” Kolfage contended.
He then compared Americans’ responsibility to build the wall with their duty generations ago when they bought war bonds to defeat the Axis Powers – Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler, Italy’s fascist Benito Mussolini, and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito.
“[Building the wall is] our duty as citizens,” Kolfage impressed. “[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.”
More than one way to skin a cat
Right off the bat, Kolfage sold thousands of Americans on the idea of building a border wall without the Democrats’ support.
“More than 16,000 people have pledged donations to the campaign created Sunday by a ‘fundraising team’ in Miramar, Florida, according to the campaign page,” USA Today reported. “Its initial goal of $200 million has been bumped to $1 billion.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders divulged this week that the Trump administration is now looking for “different” sources to fund his proposed wall.
“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 told Fox News Tuesday, according to USA Today.
Even though Democrats are still playing hardball with the president to prevent him from building the wall, Trump has yet to give up on his campaign promise to find a way to build the wall.
“Trump has demanded $5 billion to pay for the border wall he promised to build during his campaign,” the Corpus Christi Caller Times recounted.
Republicans still have until week’s end to persuade Democrats to include adequate funding for the wall in the budget.
“Lawmakers have until midnight Friday to pass a spending measure or shut down some federal agencies,” Corpus Christi Caller Times’ Beatriz Alvarado noted.