Trump tells us he is skipping the latest Republican debate, because he doesn’t like Fox’s host Megyn Kelly. I think he may just be trying to bring Fox to its knees. Instead, he intends to hold a benefit for veterans in a competing venue, but the veterans’ groups don’t want Donald Trump’s money, no way, no how.
Oh, wow, that’s pretty bad, when people who really need the money won’t take yours. The veterans’ rejection is worse than being chosen last for the junior-high sports team. It is even worse than being dumped.
But, you should know that the Donald hasn’t exactly been kind to the vets. We have seen him mimic a reporter with a disability that affects his arm movements. So, is it any surprise when he is ugly to our veterans?
In 1991, Trump was a rich guy whose money drew beautiful women to him like gold-digging flies. That year, he wrote a letter to John Dearie, who was the chairman of the state Assembly’s Committee on Cities. Trump wrote about New York City’s homelessness problem.
It wasn’t that he cared about people living on the streets, he just didn’t want to see them. Apparently, they offended his view:
‘While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to do so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?’
‘Do we allow Fifth Ave., one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?’
Trump never had to serve in Vietnam, because rich kids don’t have to, if they don’t want to serve. No, Donald, going to a military high school, because you were too difficult for your dad to handle, doesn’t count. It just means you were and are a brat.
The errant Trump decided he needed to address Mayor Michael Bloomberg directly about the veterans’ problems, in 2004:
‘Whether they are veterans or not, they [the vendors] should not be allowed to sell on this most important and prestigious shopping street.’
‘The image of New York City will suffer… I hope you can stop this very deplorable situation before it is too late.’
Donald Trump is this weird combination of breaking all the rules, but being extremely sensitive to what he perceives are personal attacks on him. We have seen it when President Obama got on Trump’s case at the Annual White House Correspondents Dinner. He took the first slam like a man, but as the president kept it up, we could see Trump sink into his defensive, little-boy posture.
For a guy who goes one-on-one with the heads and business leaders of countries around the world, Trump is surprisingly sensitive. He picks up his toys and goes home. That may work when he is a business man, but it’s no way to show presidential temperament.
Since the veterans won’t accept Trump’s gold, he is funneling it into his own personal foundation. He encourages people to contribute anywhere from $10 to $500, but Trump is no big giver. He has given his own Trump Foundation $3.7 million over the past two decades, according to his tax records! What a cheap skate!
But it gets worse. After 9/11, he donated a whopping $1000 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, five years after the attacks. The charity is run by Scientologists.
Trump may find out that people don’t like a cheap skate, the hard way.