Remember that Go Fund Me page to build the border wall? You will be shocked to learn that was likely a scam.

By |2019-05-10T10:06:41-08:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |7 Comments

What? No!

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

Back in December, Washington state Trump supporter Joshua Greene donated a small amount of money to the crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the southern U.S. border. He wasn’t alone. The GoFundMe page to build the wall, to which he’d donated, was a sensation on the right in late 2018 and raised more than $20 million.

Organized by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage, the campaign eventually morphed into a nonprofit called We Build the Wall, which promised to build portions of the wall on private land using the money it raised.

Months later, there’s no evidence that any construction has started, despite claims from Kolfage and his allies that construction would start in April. And now Greene is wondering what ever happened to that wall he was promised his dollars would fund?

“The lack of updates is very concerning,” Greene wrote in an email to Right Richter.

We Build the Wall has frequently presented itself as poised to start building portions of the wall on private land. In February, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—who is a member of We Build the Wall’s board of directors—claimed that the group was “getting ready to break ground, probably in April.”

Kolfage himself went further, saying in a radio interview in March that “we’re going to start breaking ground next month.” The group had even promised to invite donors to a groundbreaking ceremony.

More than a week into May, though, We Build the Wall hasn’t shown any proof that any ground has been broken, and donors say they weren’t invited to any promised groundbreaking ceremony.

This lack of progress has caused some who made donations to question where their money was spent:

“Show me video of wall being built and I’ll pony up my next donation,” reads one angry Facebook comment.

“Where is the rest of the money going?” reads another.

Donors have been made even more nervous by revelations that Kolfage has a history of making up hoax pages on Facebook and asking or donations that never seem to make it to the people he claims to be representing. 

I should point out that these revelations were made almost immediately after word spread about this “We Build the Wall” Go Fund Me page, only sadly for Trump supporters it was reported on the news outlets that their idol had identified as “fake news” so it likely flew right under their radar. 

The other day I had to explain to a group of people what gaslighting was since they had heard the word but failed to recognize that it was happening to the entire country right now. 

My personal opinion is that the Trump gaslighting is actually being directed at his own supporters more than any other person in this country, most of us simply discount what he says reflexively at this point, and that it is having an incredibly negative effect on their ability to avoid scams and function in the reality-based world. 

Being a Trump supporter is essentially the same as belonging to a cult which convinces you of a set of facts that are in direct opposition to what everybody else knows to be true, and then forces them to break those relationships and accept information from the single source. 

In the case of Trump supporters that has rendered them defenseless to scam artists who recognize their vulnerability and using Trump-like language swoop in to take their money.

It just makes you wonder what happens to these people once Trump is gone.

Oh, what am I saying?

Where there are sheep to shear there will always be a charlatan ready with a new pair of clippers. 

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 11, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Wait for Trump to claim Elder Abuse next in one of his rants.

  2. Anonymous May 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    No surprise, they were already swindled by the by the biggest con artist in history, trump!

    i would love one of them to sue to find out where the money went, just for curiosity.

  3. deb May 11, 2019 at 5:25 am

    stupid people can always be parted with their money….

    Trump loves the uneducated-A term he uses, a twist of that word so they don’t think he is calling them stupid..BUT HE IS.

    He likes this because than he can tell them what to think and they won’t seek proof.

  4. anónimo May 11, 2019 at 7:01 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/judge-orders-florida-to-provide-spanish-speaking-ballots-to-displaced-puerto-ricans-c214c63a5d56/

    “The Court’s order secures the fundamental right to vote for our fellow Puerto Rican-American citizens in Florida.”

  5. anonymous May 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/leaked-nra-documents-reveal-gun-group-drowning-in-legal-fees_n_5cd71fd7e4b0705e47dd2eaf

    NRA President Carolyn Meadows downplayed the money issues, and said it was a “pathetic” that someone would resort to leaking the documents.

    “This is stale news — being recycled by those with personal agendas,” she said in a statement given to the publication. “In any event, the entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre and the work he’s doing in support of the NRA and its members. It is troubling and a bit pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas. This has no bearing on the board’s support of Wayne — and the work the NRA does to protect America’s constitutional freedoms.”

  6. Anonymous May 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Naw. I expected it, given the con man running it. I’m just surprised it took this long.

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