A GoFundMe campaign to build President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE’s long-desired border wall has raised more than $11.5 million in donations by Friday morning.
The founder of the fundraising effort is Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee and Purple Heart recipient. He said the money will be turned over to the Trump administration for the wall's construction.
Kolfage appeared on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night and said that critics who believe the money won’t make a difference are “full of crap."
“This is the United States, and we can do anything we want,” Kolfage said. “If people want to donate to that wall and give their money, they can do it. What’s 80 bucks for 60 million people? The common person can give that kind of money.”
Both Republicans and Democrats are “putting their money where their mouth is” and funding money for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, he added.
Kolfage has a reported history of running sites that promoted conspiracy theories and racist content online, according to a report published by NBC News on Thursday night.
His most recent business venture, Right Wing News, was reportedly removed from Facebook in October when the site scrubbed roughly 500 pages it said used fake accounts “to drive traffic to their websites” or “were ad farms using Facebook to mislead people into thinking that they were forums for legitimate political debate.”
He also reportedly ran other sites affiliated with Right Wing News that pushed false conspiracy theories such as one that claimed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE was secretly hiding deadly illnesses.
Ingraham questioned Kolfage about his “run-ins” with Facebook, asking why the social media platform has a “kind of aggressive attitude” toward the Air Force veteran.
"Well, I'm not allowed on Facebook anymore,” Kolfage said on Fox News. “My company, Military Grade Coffee Company, was outright banned, and Facebook executives told me I'm not allowed to use it. And they threatened my wife, they'd delete her account if they catch me on Facebook.”
He said it was “ridiculous” the way social media companies treat people, adding that “Americans are just pissed off.”
The viral GoFundMe page quickly gained momentum, earning more than $11.5 million from over 189,700 donors in just four days.
A competing fundraiser, however, is raising money to "ladders to get over Trump's wall,” though it makes clear the money would actually go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services , a Texas-based nonprofit that provide legal services for immigrants.
Charlotte Clymer, an Army veteran and communications specialist for the Human Rights Campaign, created the crowd-sourcing effort on Thursday — earning nearly $80,000 as Friday morning.