It was something of a joke at the end of 2018, when in the midst of a government shutdown, some right-wingers decided to start their own GoFundMe to raise funds for Donald Trump’s racist border wall monument. The biggest problems should have been obvious. First of all, even though Trump said he could get Mexico to pay for the wall at no cost to the United States, it was clear that wasn’t happening.
Not only was it not happening, Trump inadvertently got a bunch of people in his base of idiots to donate their own money upfront and make the wall happen. The group, “We Build the Wall,” also never came close to raising the amount of money they needed – and all their donors looked hopelessly pathetic and selfish as they gave money towards an imaginary wall during the holiday season rather than spend it on friends and family.
Using the funds, Fisher Industries has constructed a three-mile fence of steel posts right next to the banks of the Rio Grande. To the surprise of no one, erosion is already happening to the land around the fence. Instead of pretending that the wall is a success, Donald Trump decided to go in the opposite direction.
“I disagreed with doing this very small (tiny) section of wall, in a tricky area, by a private group which raised money by ads,” Trump tweeted. “It was only done to make me look bad, and perhsps [sic] it now doesn’t even work.” It’s the usual pattern of Trump turning on his biggest sycophants when they make him look bad – and things get even more questionable when you consider that the crowdfunded campaign only spent a little over $1 million of what they raised – meaning his own supporters probably got stiffed. Fisher Industries was also recently awarded a $1.3 billion contract from the federal government, so if they intended to make Trump look bad, something their CEO denies, they did a better job of it than Donald Trump probably even realizes.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making