Trump’s ‘send a brick’ campaign backfires
Donald Trump's campaign team is facing a backlash after launching a fundraising drive to send "bricks" to the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The campaign encourages people to "send a brick to Chuck and Nancy" to remind them of the importance of building the President's proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.
Its home page offers people to either "send Nancy a brick" or "send Chuck a brick", with a photograph of a red brick with an SMS number to which people can donate to the cause.
Text on the brick also states: "2018: Fentanyl at the border … enough entered US to kill every American."
"Since Chuck and Nancy keep stonewalling the President, why don't we send the wall to them, brick by brick, until they agree to secure the border!" tweeted Donald Trump Jr.
"President Trump came up with a brilliant idea to make sure Chuck and Nancy have no choice but to listen to the American people," reads the text on the home page.
"We have set a goal to send 100,000 BRICKS to their offices to prove that WALLS WORK!" it adds. It allows people to "send" one brick for $20.20. Subsequent bricks work out at $20 each.
But social media users were quick to spot that the money will actually go to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee ― "a joint fundraising committee composed of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee".
The campaign also sparked concerns the campaign will end with acts of violence.
An analysis in The Washington Post of the cost of Mr Trump's wall - using his $US20.20 gimmick bricks - would cost a total of $US58 billion, almost 12 times more than the President is currently requesting from the Democrats.
And given they're still refusing to budge on the requested $US5 billion, it's safe to assume this campaign won't be all that effective.