The current owner of the childhood home of Donald Trump wants to raise $3 million to gift it to the ex-president as a “house of worship”.
The house, situated in the Jamaica Estates neighbourhood of Queens, stands at 2,000 feet and was built by Fred Trump, the real-estate mogul father of Donald Trump.
The current owner had put the house on the market, but seemingly inspired by a Jimmy Fallon video where Donald Trump jokingly mentions wanting to buy it, they have decided they want to “gift” it to the ex-president as a “token of appreciation”.
In order to pull this off, a crowdfunding campaign has been arranged by Paramount Realty USA, on behalf of an anonymous, original seller. The GoFundMe page, called ‘Thank You President Trump’, outlines its mission statement: “Thank President Trump by contributing to this campaign to buy his childhood home in his honour!”
The fundraiser encourages Donald Trump fans to visualise turning the residence into a “house of worship.” However, in the end, it clarifies that the final decision about the purpose of the property would be up to Trump.
As some kind of weird consolation prize for losing the election, Trump supporters have decided to buy Donald Trump’s childhood home and give it to him as a gift. Thus far, they’ve raised a total of just 45 dollars. Trump supporters really do suck at everything. pic.twitter.com/HHI2dmvgxN
— 🍷🌊 PamelaNYCXOXO 🍷🌊 🇮🇹🍷 (@PamelaNycxoxo) December 9, 2020
Misha Haghani, the principal of Paramount Realty USA, has acknowledged that Donald Trump’s celebrity is the key to the inflated asking price.
“As a house, it’s worth about $1 million,” Haghani told the New York Post in September 2019. “We aren’t selling real estate. We are selling a dream, a collectible, something that is meaningful to a lot of people.”
Not even Trump’s most diehard supporters want to buy the president’s childhood home https://t.co/stxlXkyeqd
— eleni rokaki (@elenirokaki) December 9, 2020
As it stands, the campaign has been live since November 23 and has raised just over 5,000 with the help of 218 donors. It remains to be seen whether MAGA fans are keen to blow $3 million on a shrine to their outgoing president – but at this point, it’s not looking good.