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US veteran sets up GoFundMe for ‘ladders to get over Trump’s wall’

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A United States army veteran and activist has set up a charity GoFundMe page to pay for ladders so people can climb over Donald Trump’s proposed Mexican border wall.

Since Wednesday 19 December the page, created by Charlotte Clymer, has raised almost $160,000.

Although the page jokingly claims to be raising money for ladders, Ms Clymer says funds will be sent to Texas-based charity the Refugee and Immigrant Centre for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).

The page reads: “We wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.”


Ms Clymer served in the army for six years (Screengrab/GoFundMe)

Ms Clymer, who now works as press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington DC, set up the page as a protest to another GoFundMe, We The People Will Fund The Wall, in support of the President’s border wall, which has surpassed $18 million dollars.

We The People Will Fund The Wall was set up on 16 December by triple amputee Air Force veteran, Brian Kolfage, and has a goal of one billion dollars (£790 million).

The page reads: “It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling. If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge 80 dollars, we can build the wall.”

Mr Kolfage has contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact to hand over the funds once the target has been met.

NBC News reports Mr Kolfage previously ran a number of Facebook pages that were removed for spreading false information.

He told the US TV network he did not mention the pages on his fundraiser as he “didn’t want it to be a distraction”.

Ms Clymer, who served in the army for six years, told the Press Association: “It’s a nice moment of humanity in a not-so-great year for America.

“All of the funds will go to RAICES. They love the idea, and I’ve already added one of their accountants to the page as a team member to directly withdraw the funds when the time comes.

“I think the border wall GoFundMe is quite embarrassing. As a military veteran, it’s profoundly disappointing to see military service exploited as a cudgel against vulnerable, suffering people.

“And for a wall that will not be built with funds that will certainly not be raised for a problem that isn’t remedied by a wall.”




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