The man behind the viral GoFundMe to “fund the wall” is challenging people, who think his plan to raise $1 billion will not pan out, to reconsider.
“They’re full of crap,” Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham during her TV show aired on Dec. 20.
As of Dec. 21, more than 218,000 people donated and the fund has raised more than $13 million. One anonymous donor contributed $50,000, several contributed around $10,000, and more gave $5,000.
“We’re not getting just people who voted for Trump now,” Kolfage told Fox Business on Dec. 21. “I’m getting messages from many Democrats who say they support this wall … It’s showing the support of all Americans who are coming together on this.”
Kolfage explained the average GoFundMe donation is about $60 per contributor, but his page recommends an $80 donation
“This is the United States, and we can do anything we want,” he said on Ingraham’s show. “If people want to donate to that wall … what’s $80 for 60 million people.” The 60 million figure likely refers to the number of people who voted for Trump.
Kolfage maintains his GoFundMe is legitimate.
“I’m a retired United States Air Force member who was wounded in Iraq, and lost three limbs. I have a website, BrianKolfage.com, where you can verify more about me. I will respond. I’ve been on Fox News many times, you can see I’m credible and a real person. Do your research before donating, and contact me if you have any questions,” the page read.
Kolfage added that he has “contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go upon completion. When we get this information secured we will update,” adding that he is working with a law firm on an agreement to “bind the government to [use] the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.”