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22 Dec 2018

On GoFundMe, Trump's supporters raise whopping $14mn for border wall

GoFundMe campaign raises millions for US-Mexico border wall

United States President Donald Trump wants $5bn for the US-Mexico border wall, which was a key promise of his campaign.

And while his demand got staunch opposition from Democrats in the House, leading to a shutdown of US government, his supporters have started a GoFundMe campaign to collect money to make 'borders safe'.

The move, however, stems from xenophobia, believe human rights activists.

In context

GoFundMe campaign raises millions for US-Mexico border wall
Before Trump gets money, he needs votes in Senate

The wall

Before Trump gets money, he needs votes in Senate

The House approved money to fund the wall but before President Trump gets his hands on it, he needs to get 60 votes in Senate. The Republicans have only 51 seats there.

Throughout his campaign for the Presidency, Trump spoke about the wall and after that reiterated Mexico would pay for it.

But looks like now Trump's supporters have come to his rescue.

The campaign

Meet the man who started the GoFundMe campaign

The campaign was started by a Florida veteran, Brian Kolfage. At the time of press, the campaign called 'We The People Will Fund The Wall' had collected little over $14mn. The goal is $1bn.

About the page, which started earlier this week, Kolfage said, "People put their money where their mouth is and they're standing up and that's why it exploded so fast."

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If campaign fails, Kolfage will return the money

Target

If campaign fails, Kolfage will return the money

Kolfage, who served in Iraq and whose right-wing Facebook group was pulled down, said if 63 million people who voted for Trump donated $80 each, then Trump's target of $5bn could be achieved easily.

But the donations haven't been this static. The donations range from $5 to $500.

Notably, Kolfage said if the campaign fails to collect $1bn, he'll return the money.

Reason

Americans are frustrated, claims Kolfage

The frustration that Trump's signature campaign remained unfulfilled led to Kolfage starting this exercise.

He said, "Americans are frustrated with the way things are going and politicians holding us all hostage."

On the fundraiser page, Kolfage mentioned his time in war and slammed political leaders. He wrote, "They'd rather see President Trump fail than see America succeed."

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How much money does Donald Trump need to 'build the wall'?

Who started the GoFundMe page for wall?

How much money has the page collected?

What did Kolfage say about the wall?

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How much money does Donald Trump need to 'build the wall'?

Asked 2018-12-22 13:34:38 by Ishan Chattopadhyay

Answered by NewsBytes

Donald Trump, the President of United States, needs $5 billion to build the US-Mexico border wall.

Who started the GoFundMe page for wall?

Asked 2018-12-22 13:34:38 by Trishla Rodrigues

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The GoFundMe page for the wall was started by war veteran Brian Kolfage.

How much money has the page collected?

Asked 2018-12-22 13:34:38 by Sanvi Trivedi

Answered by NewsBytes

The fundraiser has collected $14 million till now and the target is $1 billion.

What did Kolfage say about the wall?

Asked 2018-12-22 13:34:38 by Aanya Malhotra

Answered by NewsBytes

Kolfage slammed the politicians and said they would rather see Trump lose than America win.

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