Trump fans raising $3M to buy his childhood home and gift it to president for FREE after owner struggled to sell
DONALD Trump fans are raising $3million to buy his childhood home and gift it to president for free after the owner struggled to sell it.
The seller of the Tudor-style five-bedroom house in the Queens borough of New York City is reportedly hoping to cash in on the loyalty of MAGA fans, it was reported on Tuesday.
Trump supporters are being urged to contribute to a GoFundme initiative "to buy President Trump's childhood home for him, or a charity of his choosing, as a token of appreciation."
The outgoing president lived at the three-story property in Jamaica Estates until he was around four and the Trump family moved elsewhere.
The auction is scheduled for January 20, 2020, according to Paramount Realty USA, the real estate agency handling the sale and apparently organizing the fundraiser.
This “unusual” real estate move is a means of capitalizing on the devotion of the outgoing president's base, the New York Times noted – but as of Wednesday, it's raised a meagre $110 out of its $3million goal.
Hosted on the GoFundMe platform, the bizarre fundraiser is called: “Love Trump? Thank President Trump by contributing to this campaign to buy his childhood home in his honor!”
The house in question was built by Trump’s dad Fred C. Trump, back in 1940.
The property was put up for auction last fall but was unable to meet the reserve price.
It has previously sold in 2016 for $1.4million in 2016 and was snapped for $2.14million at an auction in 2017 by the current owner.
This person's identity is reportedly shielded by a limited liability corporation, which is called "Trump Birth House," reported the Times.
Trump's childhood home was then offered as $725-a-night Airbnb accommodation for a couple of years.
In 2017, antipoverty organization Oxfam America booked it for the night, inviting four refugees to share their stories with US reporters there, reported the Independent at the time.
They were hoping to raise awareness and "to send a strong message to Trump" as the United Nations General Assembly convened with Potus in attendance following the ban on six majority Muslim countries
But Trump's Queens home has been vacant for the past few years and the White House has yet to comment on the newly launched fundraiser.
Misha Haghani, the principal of Paramount Realty USA who has represented the house over the course of three auctions, touted the crowdfunding bid.
“I believe if the president were to accept the property, he would do something with it in honor of his presidency," she said.
“It’s either that or he’ll just donate it to some charity.”
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