The Trump campaign unveiled the novel fundraiser on Friday, as the government remained partially closed for its 28th day amid a standoff over Trump’s demand for a $5.7 billion border wall.
With no talks set between Trump and Speaker Pelosi or Sen. Schumer, his campaign appealed to supporters to send in $20.20 to send a fake brick to their offices.
The Trump campaign claimed record fundraising in a stunt urging supporters to send donations that would result in a faux ‘bricks’ being sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. Trump was to address the border from the White House Saturday amid a standoff over his demand for a border wall
ALL IN ALL, IT’S JUST ANOTHER BRICK: The Trump campaign solicited supporters for $20.20 donations and said it would send ‘faux’ bricks to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer
Supporters can elect to send up to seven ‘bricks’ to either leader.
The email says Trump ‘came up with a brilliant idea to make sure Chuck and Nancy have no choice but to listen to you, Friend.’
It states that for every $20.20 raised by a midnight deadline, ‘we will send a BEAUTIFUL BRICK directly to the offices of Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi.’
‘Together, we can build a BIG BEAUTIFUL WALL around their offices to protect us from their radical left-wing agenda,’ one of several email missives about it said.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted that the campaign brought a ‘record first hour of donations and new donors since starting the re-elect! #BuildTheWall.’
GROUNDED: The move came after Trump cancelled the military aircraft that was to take Pelosi to Afghanistan. Pelosi cited the shutdown and said Trump should put off his State of the Union speech
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL TOO FAR: Trump fans could send bricks to ‘Chuck and Nancy’ amid a standoff over the wall. Democrats say they won’t go along with Trump’s demand
The fundraising gimmick had contribution tabs of up to $140. Trump has been unable to secure $5.7 billion for border wall funding
The president has been less successful forcing Democrats to go along with his plan to use taxpayer funding to build an actual wall. Trump has said it will no longer be concrete, and he now favors ‘steel slats.’
Hours after the campaign was launched, Trump announced he would be making a ‘major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown’ from the White House Saturday afternoon.
Another missive said of Schumer and Pelosi, who were referred to as ‘Chuck and Nancy,’ saying: ‘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.’
‘Since Chuck and Nancy keep stonewalling the President, we’ll send the wall to them, brick by brick, until they agree to secure the border!’ according to the appeal.