Cameron Kerr may just be your new hero. He is the combat veteran who set up a GoFundMe to send Donald Trump to go to a combat zone and fulfill his wish to “earn a Purple Heart.” Don’t worry, he already knows Trump will NEVER do it. In fact, that is part of the beauty of this outreach.
The absolutely awesome part? He blew past the original goal of $50,000 in less than 5 days, and is closing on his new goal of $60,000 already.
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.
Kerr’s GoFundMe opens with the acknowledgement that Trump would NEVER go, and that the proceeds for this will go to a very worthy cause, helping Syrian refugees. He calls this epic jab a satire for a good cause, and it is.
…ok, let’s be serious. Super serious. We’re not going to be able to help Donald realize his conveniently retroactive military fantasies, and based on precedent he could likely get a series of deferments to avoid going even if we tried. So instead, we’re going to convert his toxic bigotry, ignorance, and callousness into something positive. As Michelle Obama said/as Melania Trump might say at some point in the future: “when they go low, we go high.”
In his quest to convert Trump’s low blows and bigotry into something high and virtuous, he has shown us the very best of America. This man who gave a leg to our country during his service has lead people in doing something good — something worthy of our country — in defiance to the racism and xenophobia modeled to the world by Trump and his ilk.
In fact, it has inspired so many people that now three charities are going to reap the benefits. The International Rescue Committee, Syrian American Medical Society, and Refugees Welcome International are the listed beneficiaries of the GoFundMe.
— Sarah J Russe (@SarahJRusse) August 7, 2016
Every hate-fueled move Trump makes goes viral, and this is a counter-punch, a real American showing there is a different way.
Sarcastic and irreverent sure, but also the opposite of what Donald Trump portrays us to be: America can be kind, giving, and open-minded. The official hashtag for this movement is #PurpleTrumpsOrange, and if you don’t have a dollar to give, make sure you pass it on so that others can see it, and maybe they will have a buck to go to one of the three great charities that are going to reap the benefits of this great idea.
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