Transgender Starts Counter-Campaign to Fund 'Ladders Over Trump's Border Wall'
Liberal 'activist' hope to raise $100 million to help illegal aliens climb over the wall
In response to the viral GoFundMe campaign to raise funding for Trump's proposed wall along the US Southern Border, a transgender "activist" has created a counter-crusade to raise money to pay for "ladders to get over Trump's border wall."
Charlotte Clymer, who is a self-described liberal writer and "feminist" from Texas, created the GoFundMe page titled "Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall" on Wednesday.
The move comes in response to the campaign set up by Purple Heart veteran Brain Kolfage, who lost both legs and an arm while serving his country in Iraq, and now wants to continue protecting the nation he sacrificed so much for already.
Kolfage's page skyrocketed past $11 million on Friday morning and continues to rise as donations flood in every second.
At the time of press, Clymer's campaign has generated around $70,000 of its $100 million goal.
The crowdfunding summary reads in part: "We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the US economy.
"Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved.
"Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values.
"And even though at a rate of $1.7million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7billion that Trump's own Department of Homeland Security says would be needed to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them."
According to the Daily Mail, Clymer, who works as the press secretary for rapid response at the Human Rights Campaign, further explains that if the goal is not met, funds raised will go toward the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).
RAICES is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas, according to its website.
"If this seems ludicrous, we welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults,' the campaign summary further says.
"You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours.
"Supporting an organization working to help immigrants seeking legal asylum.
"This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up."
Meanwhile, the crowdfunding page We The People Will Fund The Wall surpassed $11million of its $1billion goal as of Friday morning.
The campaign was launched Sunday by triple amputee Air Force veteran, Brian Kolfage.
The campaign wars over the wall come after Trump appeared to back down from threats of a government shutdown to secure the $5billion he wants for the wall.
He signaled that he would sign the last spending bill he will get from a Republican-controlled Congress for the rest of his term without the desired wall money.
The sting for conservatives was deepened by an announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. will increase aid to Mexico and Central America to $10.6billion.
Democrats mocked the GoFundMe as evidence of Trump supporters' gullibility, gloating that federal funding for Trump's signature proposal is looking increasingly less likely.
"It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling," the page reads.
"If the 63million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall."
The fundraising page says it has contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go but adds it has "many very high level contacts already helping."
The page says further: "As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today," while elaborating on Kolfage's history as a Purple Heart Medal recipient.
The married father-of-two lost both legs and his right arm in a 2004 insurgent attack in Iraq.
Trump on Wednesday claimed the military would build his border wall and Mexico would pay for it - indirectly under the new trade agreement.
"Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA! Far more money coming to the US.
"Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!," he tweeted.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the administration's legal team was looking into whether the White House could redirect funds to build the wall.