I find it difficult to believe that if I was a wealthy friend of The Donald and he called to solicit a meager $500,000 to $1 million or so (for an eminently worthy cause) that I would refuse him. And knowing Donald, I would know that he wouldn’t take it kindly if I committed and then didn’t follow through.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski is now trying to walk back Trump’s statements that he raised over $6 million dollars for the veteran’s charities. Trump said it, and more than once – I posted a video of him saying those words in my previous post on the subject. I heard him say it, believe me.
Was that just another Trump exaggeration – or just one more in an unending procession of intentional lies? Does it matter?
He was depending on free publicity to keep the Trump name in the media spotlight. What better way to accomplish that than to refuse to do a Fox News debate and on the same night, raise $6 million dollars for veteran’s charities? A double-whammy for The Donald; exactly what he sought.
But it’s my contention that when Trump accomplished his goal of effectively overshadowing the January 28th debate, his task was complete and the matter was no longer important to him.
He could have, via verbal command or scribbled memo, instructed a staff member to catalog the major contributors and how much they volunteered to contribute. That staff member would have had the responsibility to assure that the commitments were satisfied – and to follow up and tell him if anyone didn’t pony up.
If any Trump friend was found to be tardy on his/her contribution, Trump himself should have immediately called and reminded the deadbeat that the check hadn’t been received. He is, remember, the best negotiator on the planet – and if asked, he’d probably quickly volunteer that he’s the best debt collector as well.
Checks to the already identified (and vetted) veteran groups should have been written within a matter of days later with Trump temporarily covering any funds that were not yet received from his buddies. With a self-described fortune of $10 billion, the temporary funding of a million or two shouldn’t have been a problem.
Ideally, the full $6 million would have been distributed to the 22 charities within 30 days, yet here we are almost four months later and it still hasn’t been fully disbursed.
Just imagine the optics if the Trump campaign had released a list of the charities and how much each received (adding up to the full $6 million) within 30 days of the fundraiser. Trump could have maintained that his actions showed how efficiently he would run the government – and that would have been impressive.
That public disclosure would have bought Trump another news cycle of publicity – great publicity – and cemented Donald Trump as a hero to all veterans – and negated some of the accusations of lies and exaggerations that still plague him.
Instead, The Washington Post recently reported that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says the fundraiser only raised $4.5 million and that still isn’t even accounted for and most of it hasn’t found its way to the veteran’s groups yet.
And surprise, surprise, Donald Trump is angry with the media for questioning him about both the amount raised and why it hasn’t been disbursed yet. We’re supposed to take what he says as gospel; we must not question his veracity.
Is there any wonder that we “Un-Trumps” are once again found to be justified in our condemnation of his propensity to say things that aren’t true.
The following exchange is between a Washington Post reporter and Trump where the reporter is asking about the $3 million that is supposedly still undistributed after Trump’s fundraiser for the vets on the evening of January 28, 2016.
It’s pretty plain that Trump isn’t interested in giving the reporter any details that might confirm any donations to any veteran’s group. And he wonders why his statements are treated with such skepticism.
An article in Forbes, stated that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has donated $5.5 million to 298 charities between 2009 and 2013 (the most recent year available), according to the non-profit’s 990 tax forms from those years. Of that, only $57,000 has been donated to seven organizations that directly benefit military veterans or their families, Forbes found. If you’ll note in the previous exchange with the WP reporter, Trump said specifically that “I’ve given millions of dollars away to the vets.” More Trump lies.
The following commentary is from therightscoop.com, they’re commenting on the exchange between the Washington Post reporter and The Donald:
They asked and they asked and they asked and Trump refused to give them any information to substantiate his claims of the money he’s raised and paid out. He just wants them to take his word for it.
Why? Well he suggests they would attack him with it, but it looks more to me like he has something to hide. I mean why stonewall like this on giving to charity? If he wanted to keep it private, then he shouldn’t have made such a huge freaking deal about it in the first place. But he did! He’s the one who touted the 6 million over and over and over to show how much he loved the vets and just how awesome he is or something at raising money.
For crying out loud, he’s running for president and he did this to boost his campaign. Do we not have a right to know about this?
I understand that a certain amount of paranoia is warranted with the media, but this level of paranoia over something he did as a campaign event really makes it look like he is hiding something, like he is lying about not raising the full 6 million.
And yet he just wants us to trust him?