Several contributors to a $22 million fund begun by an Air Force veteran to build sections of President Donald Trump’s border wall are hitting social media with concerns about a lack of progress.
“I’ve been away for FIVE months,” one person tweeted last month. “When’s the groundbreaking?
Others have posted messages wondering why there have been no videos or photos of construction or locations.
The GoFundMe effort was launched in December by Brian Kolfage, who complained that “too many illegals” were entering the U.S. He sought up to $1 billion to create a nonprofit organization to build sections of the wall on private land.
When he failed to raise the full amount, he said he was stopping the GoFundMe campaign, and vowed to refund the money and build the wall himself. But the site remains active. Kolfage continues to update the page with news about immigration, and has boasted that he has drawn a number of “brilliant Americans” to the project, including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
In a March interview with American Family Radio Kolfage said the operation was going to “start breaking ground” in April. He told the New York Times in January that ground-breaking would begin within “weeks.”
The Daily Beast reported Friday that there’s “no evidence that any construction has started,” and quoted upset donors.
Kolfage slammed the article on his “We Build the Wall” and personal Facebook page — but provided no details about the project.
“Omg this is PERFECT timing by the liberal rag news site,” Kolfage wrote. “They are about to look more stupid than @hillaryclinton on election night 2016! I guaranteed we would build the wall . . . and I’ll leave it at that!”
In a new Facebook post Saturday Kolfage wrote: “There’s no update because we are remaining silent for a very good reason. You will all have the best present very soon … it’s going to be glorious!” Kolfage cautioned that the American Civil Liberties Union would “file a lawsuit” against the project, which is apparently his reasoning for not revealing details about the project.
Late Saturday he launched a raffle to win a to a “wall party at first completed section.”
“My personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall,” Kolfage told NBC at the time.
He was also accused of questionable fundraising practices for veterans (check out the video up top).