Cameron Kerr has the Internet all aflutter for good reason — he’s the one behind the ‘Help Trump Get a Purple Heart‘ GoFundMe campaign and may we just say: it. is. glorious.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
IMPORTANT: all money raised goes directly to vetted organizations working to help Syrian refugees, and NOT to Trump or any political figure. Don’t worry…it’s satire for a good cause. Please read past the 2nd paragraph (well, 3rd paragraph counting this one. Sorry, math AND reading skills required at this point…which could actually help screen out and disorient the negative/ignorant trolls).
On 2 August 2016, a veteran handed Donald Trump a Purple Heart medal at one of his rallies in Virginia. Making light of a military decoration awarded to combat-wounded service members just days after attacking a fallen soldier’s family, Trump remarked “I’ve always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.”
As with seemingly everything else in his life, Mr. Trump got one handed to him instead of earning it. That being said, as a Purple Heart recipient [proof ] who earned one the old-fashioned way by returning from Afghanistan one leg lighter, I fully endorse his desire to earn one and would happily oblige his interest in doing so, by being one of the first to chip in to fly him to the conflict zone of his choosing. After all, you’re never too old to follow your dreams.
In case you don’t feel like clicking through to see the proof, here you go.
Kerr makes it clear he has no desire to help Trump live out “his conveniently retroactive military fantasies,” so what better use for the money raised by the campaign — $52k and change as of press time — than to aid Syrian refugees?
The plan is well laid out and Kerr is at all times both clever satirist and talented wordsmith, all while getting in carefully crafted jabs at the would-be Cheeto-in-Chief. As stated above, glorious.
Kerr also notes that he takes his ‘job’ as viral campaign owner seriously, and as such, will show distribution of funds when they’re sent off to do some good:
GoFundMe holds fundraisers legally accountable for using money raised on their site “in the exact manner you state within your campaign.” I have contacted all three organizations via email (and Facebook) to figure out how to transfer the money directly to them when this fundraiser concludes. Proof of transfer and full receipt of funds will be provided (both on this page and in an email to donors) for purposes of transparency.
Most ‘joke’ campaigns are barely funny at all, with ridiculous goals and poorly-written pleas. This, however, is perfectly done and a wonderful way to turn hate and ignorance into good. Go get ’em…