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.