The sum would meet Trump's request to build $ 5 billion to build a wall, leaving $ 40 million. By Sunday morning, Brian Kolfage had raised about $ 16 million for a wall on the US border with Mexico.
"Even if we have half, that's half the wall, we can do that," Kolfage writes about his verified GoFundMe, on Friday night it had more than 218,000 donors.
Kolfage had the idea a year ago, but decided to push the Sunday because "our politicians were idle," he told CNN via email. He is surprised at the amount of money he could raise, he wrote.
"I've received thousands of e-mails from citizens who have been waiting to become Americans and legally complete this process, which is grateful," he wrote. "They give and they are from both sides of the aisle, and therefore this movement is growing so fast."
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The grandson of immigrants who have come "legally" to the United States says Kolfage is working with the White House to help to create a point of contact for the money. US Rep. Steven Palazzo, of R-Mississippi, plans to introduce a bill instructing the Treasury Department to issue bonds to fund the wall, though there are other options "on the table," Kolfage says on the GoFundMe page.
"We did not speak directly with the president, but we would like to," he told CNN by email. "After all, this is for his campaign promise, people are screaming, and I hope he listens."
The veteran works with a law firm to make a binding document to make sure that all the money goes to the wall and if the target is not reached, all donations will be refunded, he said.
"Trump has said that" almost every promise has been kept Kolfage said that it is the duty of every citizen to help Trump overcome the democratic resistance to the wall and "bring America to safety."
"Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens, and too many illegals are taking advantage of US taxpayers without ever contributing to our society," says the husband and father, asking for donations.
Life After Terrible Mortar Wounds
Instead of giving up his search, Kolfage found a young flier who had been selected for the trip and tried to scare him by telling him he would give him the He broke his legs when he went to Iraq, and the recruiter cashed in so Kolfage could travel, he said.
On September 11, 2004, Kolfage awoke after a night of customs clearance in the afternoon, shortly after leaving his tent When he came to, he learned that a mortar was one foot away from him and wounded him in a cruel manner.
His friends said i Later on, they had to hold on to his body parts while they put him on a stretcher to fear that they would fall off. At the trauma center on the base, the doctors who looked after him looked "as if they were less afraid," he told CNN.
Two weeks later, he awoke in Division 57 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The doctors there told Kolfage that he was the most severely injured aviator who survived his wounds, he said.
"If you saw these pictures, you would say," This guy did not live. "Everything looked like it had gone through a meat grinder," Kolfage said.
Unable to surf, hockey, or service in the armed forces, Kolfage found a new appointment in the University of Arizona's Architectural Program, which he finished in 2014 among the best in his class.
"I would not say I'm glad I hurt myself," he told CNN in 2012, "but it has made me another person I am today." He called his ordeal "a great lesson in life, no matter how dire something is, you can make something positive out of it."
Keith Allen and Tom Goldstone of CNN contributed to this report.