In late 2018, after President Donald Trump failed to negotiate funding for a wall at the southern border, Trump supporter and U.S. veteran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe campaign called We Build the Wall, where people could donate funds to what Kolfage assured would go towards the wall's construction.
The GoFundMe raised over $25 million before it was retired.
Flash forward to this past Thursday, when Kolfage, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, and two others were arrested for fraud, with federal prosecutors asserting that the four had used the GoFundMe to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to themselves.
Acting U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss said of Kolfage:
"While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it."
Over a year before the arrests, the GoFundMe raised red flags, with many wondering how privately generated funds could be allocated into a project funded by the U.S. government.
In a now-resurfaced tweet, Kolfage dismissed the concerns and bragged about the aptitude of his lawyers.
In the wake of the men's arrests, people began ridiculing Kolfage's boasts.
Kolfage's tweet isn't the only one not to have aged well. Others have uncovered videos of Bannon and Kolfage broadcasting from a yacht about the GoFundMe, and have connected allies of President Donald Trump to support of the effort.