After Trump furor, donations flood in to household scholarship fund for sergeant killed in Niger

Amid all of the tweets and denials about what President Trump did or did not say to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger, donations are pouring in for Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s household’s training.

A web-based crowdfunding marketing campaign was launched Tuesday evening and has already raised greater than $400,000 for Johnson’s two youngsters — a six-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son — and pregnant spouse, as of noon Wednesday. 

The marketing campaign was established by Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson — who overheard Trump’s feedback and first introduced them to the general public’s consideration — and the Miami-based 5000 Position Fashions of Excellence Challenge. The nonprofit provides mentoring for “at-risk” youth, and is planning to make use of the cash to create a scholarship fund to ship his youngsters to school.

Johnson was killed in an Oct. four ambush together with three different U.S. troopers. He had been a member of the 5000 Position Fashions of Excellence Challenge. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami and was there when Johnson’s physique arrived in Florida Tuesday, based this system in 1993. 

Because the furor, greater than 8,800 folks have donated to assist the household attain their $1-million purpose. Many have left feedback for Myeshia, whose identify was used because the marketing campaign organizer. 

One donor wrote on the web page Wednesday, “I haven’t got a lot to provide, however I needed to provide what I may. I’m so very sorry to your extremely painful loss (and the ridiculous excuse of a president/one that referred to as you). I pray for you and your lovely youngsters and household.”