Yesterday, Donald Trump announced that he has given $5.6 million to various veteran groups. He showed exactly where the money went and how much each group received. This money was supposedly raised during his television extravaganza when he ditched the Fox News Debate in January. He boldly announced at the end of his television extravaganza that he had raised $6 million and that more was coming in.
On May 24, the Washington Post ran an article stating that the money promised to veterans groups were never given out. It also reported that the $1 million that Trump promised to personally give to vets was never given out. As usual, Trump had a hissy fit.
So, yesterday, he organized a “press conference” to show where the money went and how much each group gained. The total he gave was $5.6 million. That is a fair amount of money to be given to vet organizations and I applaud him for the donations. But……
One news outlet contacted the groups that received the money. Of the 15 groups that responded to the inquiry, 12 said they received the money in checks dated May 24 or later. That is a funny coincidence, isn’t it? The day a major newspaper reports that the money was never given out is the day the money is finally given out.
In his news conference yesterday, Trump tried to shame the “liberal press” for attacking him rather than bowing down and kissing his ring for his charity. He further said he just wanted the donations to be kept quiet so he didn’t receive press for his good deeds. After all, Trump loves the veterans.
That does not fit well with all of his past donations that were made on television using oversized checks with him standing next to the recipient. Those images shout very loudly that he wants the publicity of giving money to vet groups. So, his comments at his press conference can only be interpreted as a lie.
Additionally, he raised the money in January. He didn’t give it all out until this week. So, my question is where was the money before it was “dispersed”? Was it sitting is some bank account gaining interest? Even at today’s rates, that is a lot of interest received for such a large amount of money in a bank account.
If he did receive interest on the money in the bank, what became of that money? Was it also given to the veterans or was it kept by him or his “charity”? That is a reasonable question to ask. Especially when you consider that it took five months to dole out the proceeds.
Trump says he loves veterans. Yet, all the while this is going on, he is continuing his fight to ban disabled veterans and their “legal” vending carts from the street where Trump towers is located. He considers these disabled veterans an eyesore for his clientele. He wants to keep them off of “his” street so the rich people in his tower don’t have to witness what disabled veterans trying to make an honest living look like.
I am glad that Trump finally doled out the money he promised to veterans groups. I am not glad about the political publicity that he wants to garner out of his donations. I further do not like the idea that he wants to kick out disabled veterans from “his” street so as not to offend his rich clients.
Donald Trump is a huckster. He has made his money off the backs of hard-working people. The lawsuit over Trump U is turning out bad for him. Yet, the right-wing media won’t even discuss the topic on air. It is beginning to appear that Trump U was nothing more than a money-making scheme. Some are even calling it criminal activity. I will wait for the facts of the case to come out before making a decision about that.
But, when you consider this lawsuit combined with his faux love for veterans, it seems clear that Trump will do anything to make a buck. He will use anyone to make a buck. The issue as to whether or not Trump made any interest on the money raised for vets while waiting to be meted out may seem like a small one.
However, if he did make interest money off of the donated money, it shows his true desires to make money anyway he can. Even off the backs of the veterans he claims to love. The right-wing propaganda machine is naturally going to ignore this part of the story. They are already screaming that yesterday was the fault of the “liberal media” trying to “manufacture” a story.
They are already ignoring the fact that the majority of the money was not given until the Washington Post story. Bill O’Reilly even said to ask the recipients about getting the money. When they were asked the truth came out and O’Reilly ignored that truth in defense of his buddy Trump.
Donald Trump has tried desperately to use our veterans as pawns for his campaign. His leading veteran advisor, Al Baldasaro, a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives said that “liberals were using vets as pawns”. All the while standing behind a podium with Trump’s name and campaign slogan on it. By the way, Baldasaro received a check from Trump back in January just before the New Hampshire primaries.
To Donald Trump, veterans are nothing more that pawns for his own publicity purposes. If you want to know about his “love” for veterans, ask the disabled veterans who are being attacked by him over legally trying to make a living on “his” street. That alone shows the depth of his “true love for veterans”.
I still want to know how much interest money he or his organization made from the delay in giving out the donated money. I don’t even care if organizations are allowed to keep any interest money they receive. If he kept the money, it is just another example of making a buck off the backs of veterans. It may be legal, but it is despicable anyway.
As the world turns, we had another day of Trump lies. Another day of Trump whines. Another day of Trump crying “poor me”. About the only thing this vet has to ask Trump is if he offers any cheese with all those whines.