Trump Unity Bridge mounts campaign to raise $20K for repairs

Rob Cortis and the Trump Unity Bridge. (FILE PHOTO)

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The vehicle that pulls the Trump Unity Bridge being towed.

A Go Fund Me campaign to replace the blown engine of the Trump Mobile that tows the Trump Unity Bridge has raised just $110 of the $20,000 owner Rob Cortis is seeking. The campaign began on Dec. 11.

Cortis, the longtime owner of the Barnstormer complex at the intersection of M-36 and U.S. 23 in Green Oak Township, made plenty of headlines in the 1990s and 2000s. It was at the Barnstormer that patrons got to wrestle bears and bungee jump. Green Oak Township shuttered the facility in 2012 after officials ruled it was unsafe, and Cortis has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since, which has also included a fight over tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes.

Cortis gained national attention for the Trump Unity Bridge, which you can read about by clicking here.

According to the Go Fund Me campaign, the Trump Unity Bridge blew its engine at an event in Standish, Mich.; unless it is repaired or replaced, this could be the end for the touring attraction that has logged over 160,000 miles while traveling to all 48 continental states, including a stop at President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.

There have been five donations to the Go Fund Me campaign so far, totaling $110.

“This is a great asset and appreciated,” wrote Laurie Diopietro on the Go Fund Me campaign page; however, not all commenters have been as complimentary, some advising that Cortis ask Mexico to pay for the repairs, and others offering “thoughts and prayers.”

“I bet Maria Butina can arrange some help for you,” wrote Kendall. “If she can’t, try Michael Cohen.”

John advised that Cortis “(M)ake American great again and drive that garbage to the dump.”

If you’d like to donate (or read the comments), click here.

Cortis is also hoping for an angel investor to make a larger contribution or donate a tow vehicle. You can contact him at

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