What started as anti-Donald Trump satire has now raised more than $50,000 for Syrian refugees.
On Tuesday, Purple Heart recipient Cameron Kerr started a GoFundMe page after a veteran gave Trump his Purple Heart medal at a rally. "I've always wanted to get the Purple Heart," Trump said. "This was much easier."
Kerr titled the page "Help Trump get a Purple Heart." The satirical goal was to raise money to send Trump to "the conflict zone of his choosing" so he could earn a Purple Heart the old-fashioned way. The decoration is awarded to those who are wounded or killed while serving in the military.
Originally, Kerr set a goal of raising $5,000. Even after the effort raised $590 in 27 hours, the $5,000 goal seemed ambitious. In a fitting coincidence, the fundraising effort surpassed $50,000 on or just after Sunday, which was National Purple Heart Day. Now more than 2,000 people have donated, giving on average of less than $24 per person.
Kerr lost his leg in Afghanistan and posted a picture of his prosthetic leg, Purple Heart medal and Purple Heart certificate to prove his background. He plans to give a third of the proceeds each to the International Rescue Committee, the Syrian American Medical Society and Refugees Welcome International.
The page was first covered by the Washington Examiner but has since gained press from The Hill, Mediaite, Huffington Post and MSN, among other outlets.
Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.