Donald Trump threw a hissy fit over Megyn Kelly moderating tonight’s Republican debate and went as far as to announce he will not participate in the debate because of the Fox News’ host. It’s truly a spectacle to behold. A billionaire bully is throwing a tantrum over a woman’s presence, the same woman he has relentlessly attacked ever since the first GOP debate.
So instead of participating in the debate, Trump set up a “fundraiser” for veterans at Drake University during the debate. But he’s running into a lot of problems. By problems, we mean his being outed left and right, as just a carnival barker instead of a leader.
The donations will actually go to Trump’s foundation, which doesn’t have much of a record of donating to veterans groups or their causes.
Trump’s newly registered veteran donation site claims “100% of your donations will go directly to Veterans needs,” but the staff at the conservative Federalist put 1 and 1 together and they didn’t get 2.
“There’s only one problem: 100% of the money raised on the site goes directly to Donald Trump’s personal non-profit foundation, according to a disclosure listed at the bottom of the page,” The Federalist staff determined (wisely crediting “Federalist staff”, lest Donald Trump decide why not when he next ponders killing journalists like his pal Putin).
The Federalist points to Forbes who found that barely 1% of Trump’s foundation’s donations went to organizations that support veterans.
The Federalist reports:
Trump’s personal non-profit foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, does not have a history of donating much money to veterans or to veterans’ causes. According to a recent analysis of the organization’s spending history by the Weekly Standard, Trump’s non-profit donated more money to the Clinton Foundation than it did to veterans causes.
The Federalist notes that DonaldTrumpForVets.com reads, “Honor their valor,” then adds “Donate now to help our Veterans.”
The website, which is nothing more than a single page with stock photos and a credit card donation form, claims that “100% of your donations will go directly to Veterans needs.”
And yet, nothing else is listed and no details are offered. It’s just a ‘gimme dat money’ type of plea.
Confirmation e-mails sent to individuals who contributed via the website confirm that rather than going directly to veterans, all contributions made from the site go directly to Donald Trump’s personal foundation.
The domain name wasn’t even registered until Thursday. That could be because of Trump chickening out of the debate because a scary woman will be moderating, so he set this up to look like a real patriotic American.
One veteran’s group has declined any donations from Donald Trump’s fundraiser for veterans. Others are distancing their groups from the divisive Republican candidate, too.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff tweeted Wednesday that he would decline any contributions that came from the event.
“If offered, @IAVA will decline donations from Trump’s event. We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts,” he tweeted.
Trump’s brand of sideshow-style politics is transparent. The only people buying into it are the ones who are part of the problem. As for Trump’s supporters, how does that saying go again? ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.” Yes, that’s the one.
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