Dueling GoFundMe campaigns for the wall: there's one for ladders.

Elizabeth Howe
December 21, 2018 - 11:51 am

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In response to veteran Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe to raise money for Trump's wall along the southwest border, Army veteran Charlotte Clymer started her own campaign — to raise money for ladders to get over that wall. 

The money won't actually be for ladders. It will be donated to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. Clymer, an Army veteran and communications specialist for the Human Rights Campaign, was shocked when she saw Kolfage's campaign. 

"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 U.S. 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," Clymer writes in the GoFundMe campaign. 

Clymer also writes that there's certainly no rush to procure these ladders as Kolfage's campaign, even at its current rate, will take 35 years to achieve its goal — but she figures she might as well be ready.

"And even though at a rate of $1.7 million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7 billion that Trump's own Dept. 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," Clymer writes.

"You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours," Clymer adds.

So far, Clymer's campaign raised $77,000 by 3,449 people in one day. Brian Kolfage's GoFundMe continues to accumulate funds as well, but reports today question Kolfage's past with social media campaigns and conspiracy theories.

Business Insider reports that Kolfage has also run conspiracy Facebook pages that were removed from Facebook. Facebook removed four of Kolfage's pages saying they "mislead others about who they are, and what they are doing" and were "using fake accounts to drive traffic to their websites." 

"I was really stunned when I heard of the border wall GoFundMe," Clymer told Business Insider. "More than being angry, I was sad at the blatant racism of donating money to a wall that will not be built, a wall that won't work."

Clymer's GoFundMe hopes to give people angry with Kolfage's campaign a productive, meaningful outlet for their frustrations — supporting a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

"I've really been happy with how this has generated conversation on just the absurdity of the wall in general," Clymer added. "Undocumented folks are not bringing crime or drug smuggling or any of this job-stealing nonsense to our country."

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