US President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign has launched a unique fundraising initiative, asking its supporters to donate $20.20 to send faux red bricks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer until the Democrats agree to fund a wall along the US-Mexico border.
The bricks will be printed with facts about the need for border security.
Read the details here.
Negotiations between Trump, Democrats have deadlocked over border wall
Trump's campaign sent out a fundraising email yesterday asking for donations and pledging to send fake bricks to Speaker Pelosi or Schumer, both of who are leading the Democratic party to oppose the border wall.
The new fundraising campaign comes as negotiations between the president and the Democrats to reopen the government have deadlocked over the border wall.
War over wall
Democrats may give $1.3 billion but not for border wall
Trump is demanding $5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of his proposed Southwest border wall and has refused to sign spending bills reopening government lacking that money.
Democrats say they won't give him any wall funds but have been willing to provide $1.3 billion for other types of border security, like technology and some physical barriers.
Campaign sets up website, asks respondents to choose brick receiver
The Trump campaign also set up a website called Build the Border Wall, where respondents can donate their money and choose if they want their brick to be sent to Pelosi or Schumer. They can send up to seven bricks to each with one donation.
Democrats stonewalling President Trump for too long: Parscale
"The Democrats have been stonewalling President Trump for too long, as the President remains fully committed to making a deal to secure our border," said Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Donald J Trump for President, Inc.
Now the American people can send a message directly to Chuck and Nancy on a faux red brick that tells them to build the wall, he said.
'Our bricks will teach them truth about crime, human trafficking'
Because they clearly don't understand the facts about the critical need for a wall and border security, our bricks will teach them the truth about the crime, drugs, and human trafficking that result from open borders, said Parscale.
Since Chuck and Nancy keep stonewalling the President, we'll send the wall to them, brick by brick, until they agree to secure the border, he said.
Campaign said the 'brilliant idea' came from President Trump himself
The Campaign in a mass fundraising email to its supporters said that it was President Trump who came with the brilliant idea to make sure that Chuck and Nancy have no choice but to listen to the people of America.
For every $20.20 raised by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, we'll send a BEAUTIFUL BRICK directly to offices of Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi, Team Trump said.
Each brick will remind Democrats why we need wall: Mail
Each brick will be etched with facts about border security to remind Democrats why WE NEED THE WALL. Together, we can build a BIG BEAUTIFUL WALL around their offices to protect us from their radical left-wing agenda, said the email.
Fundraising email from Trump campaign to the supporters
Fundraising email from the Trump campaign/RNC, encouraging supporters to donate to, “send a BEAUTIFUL BRICK directly to the offices of Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi”: pic.twitter.com/QkpvguPnsm