How To Build A Wall …

My friend Valerie posted this on Facebook last night …

“We just got a phone call wanting us to buy a brick in Trumps wall. No, not happening.”

Say WHAT???  Surely just some new phone scam, right?  Well, yes and no.  Turns out that there are a couple of different ‘things’ going around, but at least one is actually a project of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign!  Yes, folks, but the bricks aren’t real, and they don’t go to build the wall!  They are fake bricks that you can purchase for only $20.20 each and have them sent to either Senator Chuck Schumer or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement:

“The Democrats have been stonewalling President Trump for too long, as the President remains fully committed to make a deal to secure our border. Now the American people can send a message directly to Chuck and Nancy on a faux red brick that tells them to build the wall. Because they clearly don’t understand the facts about the critical need for a wall and border security, our bricks will teach them the truth about the crime, drugs, and human trafficking that result from open borders.”

A fake brick. For only $20.20.  Enough to feed a family of four for a day or two, at least.  Instead, some fools will throw away their money on this foolish little game.  By the way … the market price of an actual brick is around $1.96 per square foot.

The campaign also set up a website called Build the Border Wall, where respondents can donate their money and choose if they want their brick to be sent to Pelosi or Schumer. They can send up to seven bricks to each with one donation.

There is also a robocall going about that may or may not be associated with the Trump campaign, where they are asking for $35.  The voicemail says …

“To secure the border and stop criminal gangs, drug smugglers and human traffickers, it’s a tremendous problem. President Trump wants to send bricks to Chuck and Nancy for every donation of at least $35 right now. That’s why we need your help, now more than ever to get these bricks sent, so Chuck, Nancy and the Democrats know you’re serious about helping President Trump secure the border and fund the wall. So please press 1 now to support President Trump by donating and getting your brick sent to Chuck and Nancy. Again press 1 to donate, that’s on your keypad to donate now, press 9 to unsubscribe.”

I came across these stories in several media venues, including The Hill and Newsweek.  I liked what one Newsweek reader, Philip Bergeron, suggested:newsweek


Meanwhile … remember a while back when I reported that a GoFundMe account had been set up by a man named Brian Kolfage for the purpose of financing Trump’s border wall?  Kolfage was asking that every American contribute $80.    Well, as of January 9th, it was reported by MarketWatch that the account had raised $19.7 million.  Now, that’s quite a bit shy of the $5.7 billion that Trump is demanding only to make a start on his blasted wall, but it is still an astounding figure!  I am stunned and appalled that more than 346,000 people had no better sense than to donate an average of $56.94 to a wall that is not needed, is not wanted, and is one of the biggest hoaxes of modern times!!!  Fools!!!  I can actually feed my family for a week on $56.94 if I try!

However … two days later, on January 11th, GoFundMe announced that they would refund all donations after Kolfage made a strange change to the wording of the account.  Whereas in the beginning, he claimed that ‘every single penny’ would go directly toward building the wall, he later added the following verbage …

WE EXPANDED OUR MISSION! We are no longer just funding the wall, we are now BUILDING the wall. 

Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border. Like most Americans, I see the porous southern border as a national security threat and I refuse to allow our broken political system to leave my family and my country vulnerable to attack.

The plan of action was simple and straightforward to raise money to construct a wall on our southern border. We have raised over $20 Million from 325,000 plus donors and we are only just getting started! I have been literally overwhelmed and inspired by the outpouring of support, calls, and emails from American citizens who support our efforts to Build the Wall. I got some hate as well but that was easy to ignore with all the positive feedback I was getting. I immediately sought out and consulted with some of our country’s leading professionals in law, politics, national security, construction, and finance. This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:

  • The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.

  • We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border.

  • Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.

  • Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.

It was also discovered that Kolfage has a history of running sites that promoted conspiracy theories and racist content.  A BuzzFeed News investigation published Thursday found that Kolfage allegedly pocketed money donated to a previous GoFundMe account he started for wounded veterans.  Nice guy, huh?  Fits right in with the rest of the Trumpeters.  Although GoFundMe is refunding the money of all who donated prior to January 11th, the campaign is still open and people are still donating, for I saw no less than ten donations that had come in within the two hours before I visited the site.

I would be willing to bet that many, if not all of the people donating to any of these schemes are in the bottom half of the income scale and can ill afford the money they have thrown away.  Surely it is only the under-educated and uninformed that would be so foolish?  Sigh.

29 thoughts on “How To Build A Wall …

  1. Maybe some of the people sending money in for this are doing it when drunk or high on drugs. Also, many older people believe this rubbish and want to take some kind of action. They are often the least able to lose money that way. Some may be suffering from dementia and have no one to check on them. It’s a crying shame. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Like with most scams, they prey on the most vulnerable. I had an elderly friend back when I was in my 30’s who fell for every televangelist who sent her a request for money. One sent her a dirty sock and told her that if she slept with that sock for 30 days and then sent it back with a sizable donation, she would go to heaven. Elderly and under-educated are, I think, the most likely to fall for this b.s. Sigh. I get on average 5-6 ‘robocalls’ a day. They rarely leave a message, and I promptly block the number on my phone. But the other day one left a message saying that the Michigan State Police were on their way to my house and I was to call a certain number immediately. Trouble is, I don’t live in Michigan 🤣

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  2. Ah Ha, I was waiting all day on Friday, January 18th for you to get your snark up about this brick scheme. I read about it on The Hill or Newsweek , maybe both. Brilliant Brad and Doofus Donald Trump Jr. were going to send these $20.20 faux inscribed bricks to either Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer to prove that walls work, while also raising re-election funds. Now call me dumb as a brick, but how does a faux brick prove anything beyond the fact that these two are big fools fooling even bigger fools?! I thought that it was a one day thing and did not know about the phone calls, no one ever calls me! Brian Kolfage will probably be appointed by Trump for one of the numerous positions that remain unfilled, he’s Trump’s kind of man…dishonest to the core! Thank-you!

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    • Ha ha … Okay, so I’m a little slow these days! I’m old .. I’m slow … I’m … overwhelmed. Sigh. I might not have picked up on this when I did, had it not been for Val’s comment on Facebook. I was incensed, and went in search of …
      The faux bricks apparently have messages embedded on them with “facts” about what a big problem “illegal” immigrants are causing. The facts, of course, are not true facts, but hey … if Trump & Co say it, it must be so, right? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  3. Only for the fact that higher intellects are stingier with their money, Jill. The idiocy ratio transcends all socioeconomic lines. I have been more than appalled to discover how many people I thought were intelligent, reasonable and caring to be closet bigots, racists and cowards. The sad part is they actually think they are right. That there are people who deserve and people who don’t. Some of then work beside such people but they don’t have the balls to say anything to their faces. There is nothing I loathe worse than dishonesty. It is all too commonplace to smile in someone’s face while branfishing a gleaming knife behind their backs. Sorry for my cynicism. 😞

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    • Don’t apologize for your cynicism, my friend! I have become, in the past two years, the consummate cynic. Hence my ever-increasing “Snarky Snippets”. You are right to an extent … there are well-educated people who fall into this bin of lunacy. But I still believe that the majority of those who are still wearing their rose-coloured glasses where Trump is concerned are among the under-educated and uninformed. They don’t seek facts, but are content to accept whatever Trump tells them to believe. This, even though they DO know that he lies more often than he utters the truth, and that most of his money was made dishonestly. They don’t care. They have been brain-washed and are not about to admit that they were played for a fool. Sigh.

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  4. Jill, as law enforcement people will tell you, the far greater terrorist these in the US is domestic terrorism. The number of domestic hate groups dwarf foreign terrorist groups. Plus, we have those who have mental issues or a grudge and have access to a weapon. Jus this past week, there have been several mass shootings killing groups of people – five dead here, five dead there. Building a wall solves very little as it is sold on fear and misinformation. And, the way I see it, a walk keeps the domestic terrorists within it. Keith

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    • Yes, as I have said many times, the enemy is within … it is the angry white man with an arsenal in his home who hates anyone who is different. The facts don’t lie, and fact is that most murders in the U.S. are committed by citizens who were born right here. The Middle-Eastern terrorist threat is far greater in the Middle East than in the West. But those facts don’t fit Trump’s rhetoric, do they? As you say … five dead in Florida … five dead in Louisiana. How many dead in Los Angeles? New York? Chicago? Houston? And not by the hand of Mexicans or Syrians … but Americans.

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  5. Regardless of people’s views on the wall, other people trying to scam other people really irks me. The guy with the GoFundMe page should be taken to court and the robocall people need to be investigated. These scammers (thieves) bilk innocent people out of so much money. It’s time to put an end to this nonsense.

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    • I agree. That would mean a cost of $10/day for 4 people. That means $2.50/person per day which means 83¢ per meal. I am single and pretty much living paycheck to paycheck. Often I force myself to only spend about $1 per meal and I eat only one or two meals a day just so I can get by. When I saw that 83¢ figure I thought I must be doing something wrong. Maybe I am, I just don’t know where to get decent meals at that much of a savings.

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      • The key is to forgo processed foods and cook from fresh produce, cheap pasta/rice, use coupons, and always keep your eyes open for a bargain. When you find a bargain that is truly a bargain, stock up! I feed a family of 3 humans and 6 furry family members for around $100 per week, easily and nutritiously. It can be done, but you have to sometimes give a bit of time and effort to it.

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    • Ah, well … it can be done, and I have done it, but when we don’t have to, we aren’t likely to be so frugal. I can make a pot of spaghetti sauce from all fresh ingredients for around $8. Add another $1 for the pasta. There is two night’s suppers for under $10. Oatmeal and toast for breakfast … about $2 for 3-4 servings. It can be done, and I usually don’t spend more than $100 for a week on food, which includes cat food for 6 furry family members, and we eat quite well. Granted, I do not have teenage boys! 😉 Where they are involved, all bets are off! 😀

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