Mr. Trump has continually blamed the media for the explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats and to CNN on Wednesday, and has not issued any condolences or words condemning the events. As if the man wasn’t deplorable enough, his supporters got ugly at a Wisconsin rally on Wednesday night yelling “Light the motherf**ker on fire!” as a Black Lives Matter protester was escorted out by security.
Now, it isn’t really surprising to find out that the president actually blew $10,000 on a painting of himself. According to the New York Post:
‘Donald Trump had no choice but to blow $10,000 in charity money on a giant painting of himself — because no one else wanted it, his lawyers claimed in court Thursday.’
The painting was featured in an auction in 2014 benefiting The Unicorn Foundation at his Mar-a-Lago country club in Florida. Trump’s attorney, Alan Futerfas told Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla:
‘So Mr. Trump donates $10,000 to start the bidding, and then when the bidding goes on and no one else bids, they’re stuck with the painting,’
However, Mr. Trump, being the con man that he is, was not going to pull the money out of his own pocket. Instead, he billed his own Donald Trump Foundation for the cost. In addition, Trump has used charity money to pay off his creditors, decorate one of his golf clubs with the portrait, and boost his presidential campaign.
‘They’re making a mountain out of a molehill.’
The Post reported:
‘Beyond the painting, Assistant Attorney General Yael Fuchs said that in 2016, the foundation was “used to collect and distribute funds at the direction and for the benefit of the Trump campaign.”
‘The foundation and the campaign worked hand in hand to stage a televised “Trump for Vets” event in Iowa a week before the state’s caucuses. The event brought in $5.6 million of tax-free donations — $2.8 million of which went straight into foundation coffers while the remainder went to charitable groups, according to the AG.’
‘I think it’s beyond dispute that these were improper self-dealing transactions.’
Trump’s attorney Futerfas argued though that “every dime, every penny” from the fundraiser went to veteran’s charities. Futerfas said:
‘Candidates can go out and raise money for charity. That’s absolutely proper.’
The judge pointed out though that the question is whether or not the Trump campaign directed the payment of the proceeds from the foundation to specific charities in an effort to sway voters. If so, that is illegal.
Not so shockingly, this isn’t the first time the Donald has bought a portrait of himself. In 2007, he bought a six-foot tall portrait of himself at fundraiser auction and paid $20,000, which came from his own Donald J. Trump Foundation. At that time, he may have also violated laws as well.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Tax experts say that if Trump hung the painting at one of his homes or businesses, he may have violated laws against “self-dealing.” Those laws prohibit charity leaders from using money from their nonprofits to buy things for themselves, or for their businesses.’
This story just further reinforces what most intelligent Americans and people around the world know – Mr. Trump is a shady and corrupt individual and has been for years.
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