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Trump fans have spent millions on a GoFundMe page for the wall — but it looks like they’re getting duped

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Last month, a GoFundMe campaign was launched titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” purporting to collect money for President Donald Trump’s border wall so that Congress would not need to. The page has raised over $20 million.

But who is behind this?

The person who created the campaign is Brian Kolfage, a decorated Iraq War veteran and ultraconservative activist in Florida. He has also launched past GoFundMe campaigns ostensibly to mentor veterans at military hospitals, although no medical center has reported receiving any money or volunteer work from him, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

He also reportedly ran a deliberate fake news operation for his own financial gain. The report explained:

Lindsay Lowery, who goes by the alias Prissy Holly, worked for Kolfage’s main conservative news website, Freedom Daily, for about a year in 2017 as Trump’s presidency began to take shape and the world of fake news on Facebook remained largely unabated.

“After I started challenging some of his business decisions that I felt were reckless for the company and for my career, the real Brian emerged,” she told BuzzFeed News. “Everything is only about his ‘war hero’ persona and money. If there’s a perceived slight on his part, he viciously attacks people…and, in my case, tries to destroy their life and livelihood.”

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BuzzFeed News reviewed a cache of internal emails and text messages from several of Kolfage’s former employees and acquaintances that show how he pushed to sensationalize and fabricate right-wing content on Facebook to amass clicks, manipulate users, and in the process, make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in advertising revenue. In one text, he claimed to run a “multi-million business.”

In addition to Lowery, three sources corroborated the documents and their experience with Kolfage, but were afraid to go on the record, citing his past behavior of lashing out and threatening legal action against those who have spoken against him.

Kolfage reportedly ordered his content team to use manipulated images on Facebook to make it look like former President Barack Obama was having an affair or Hillary Clinton was being arrested, captioned “BREAKING!! OBAMA BUSTED!!! VIDEO LEAKED!!” and “BREAKING!!! TRUMP’S DOJ JUST DID IT!!! It’s FINALLY Happening!” He paid employees based on the number of clicks they got, the report said, and dismissed their complaints that the content was fake.

“He was very smart in how he would do it. He never wanted the truth,” one employee told BuzzFeed News. “It was all just for clicks, and the more inflammatory, the better. I felt dirty writing the stuff.”

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Fittingly, Kolfage’s latest GoFundMe project is just as dubious. There is no legal way to give that money to Trump to build a wall, and the goal of $1 billion is far short of the $6 billion Trump is asking for from Congress, let alone the $25 billion that experts say he would actually need.

But hardcore Trump supporters are falling for it all over again.

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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected

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Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.

Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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