Man starts parody GoFundMe to build wall between CO, New Mexico

New Mexico News

It’s well known that President Trump is fighting hard for a wall on New Mexico’s southern border with Mexico, but now a Colorado man is raising money to build one to our north.

“That’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Anna Wiley of Albuquerque.

“It’s the time’s we’re living in,” said Rhianna Nordquist of Albuquerque.

At first glance, people didn’t believe what they were seeing.

“Stuff like that just really bothers me to be honest,” said Wiley.

KRQE News 13 showed them a GoFundMe created by a man living in Denver. The original post asks people to donate money to his campaign so there can be a wall built all around Colorado, though the picture shows a tall stone wall in between CO and New Mexico.

“The idea of creating a border between us…is funny in a lot of ways,” said Nordquist.

The creator, Will Hayden, said he wanted the wall because of the more than 70,000 newcomers who moved to Colorado last year.

In the post, he claims the people he calls ‘outsiders’ are ‘jacking up our rent’ and ‘smoking our weed,’ also saying he wants non-locals out.

“Out of Colorado? Haha that’s great,” said Nordquist.

Recently, Hayden admitted the entire campaign is a joke.

“I think his tactic – it makes sense in the current conditions,” said Nordquist.

Hayden told KRQE News 13’s sister station in Denver he made the account to get people talking about the real border wall GoFundMe, which has raised more than $18.5 million in two weeks.

“I like it, but I do think there could kind of be a message lost,” said Devyn Folk.

Hayden is against the wall and thinks people should donate their money to local charities, which is what he will do with the money given to his GoFundMe. 

Though, New Mexicans who KRQE News 13 spoke with still wouldn’t donate.

“Absolutely not,” said Wiley.

“No, I don’t think so,” said Folk.

Back in the 1930s, then-governor of Colorado actually proposed building a wall between the two states to protect jobs in Colorado. Obviously, the proposal did not get far.

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