Donald Trump has made a lot of comments about his giving to charities. So far, it turns out that is not the case. Two came out today. He claimed to haven given money to the Boy Scouts of America. As it turns out, that is true. He gave a whole $7.00 to the organization. For the record the fee to become a Boy Scout at that time was $7.00. So, one truth for Mr. Big Giver.
Then we have another story about the Big Giver. Trump has claimed over and over that he donated to 9/11 charity in the amount of $10,000. The charity in question was being backed and supported by Howard Stern.
We all know that Trump made several appearances on Stern’s radio show. During one of the shows, Stern and his co-host announced that Donald Trump who was appearing on that show donated $10,000 to their charity to help victims of 9/11.
During this campaign Donald Trump has had some very interesting comments about 9/11. Like the time during one of the Primary Debates he said that he “watched as thousand upon thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were cheering as the towers came down”.
Of course that was a blatant lie because it never happened. He also claimed on the same stage that he “lost hundreds of friends” when the towers collapsed. That doesn’t seem to be true either, but I don’t know that for sure. I even doubt that Trump has more than 2 or 3 friends at all, if that many.
But the biggest thing he kept harping on was the “fact” that he donated $10,000 to charity to help victims of 9/11. He has bragged about it. It has been in his literature. It is one of the things he proudly points to to show how generous he is.
The New York Post filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records about donations to these charities. The New York City Controller decided to honor the request, and he scoured all of the records of the charities associated with 9/11.
SHOCK! There is no record of any money received from the Trump Foundation, any company owned by Trump, or Trump himself. It would appear that the public records say that Donald Trump did not donate $10,000 to any 9/11 charity including the one Howard Stern was sponsoring and announced on his radio show.
Donald must really have problems with the mail. It seems that all of the “millions upon millions” of dollars he claims to have donated to charities have all been lost in the mail. Including this $10,000 donation.
Now, the idea that someone promises to donate to a charity and then for some reason doesn’t tells me they are a sleaze. The idea that they take credit for donating money that they do not actually donate makes them sewer dwellers.
I lived in New York City twice during my time in the Coast Guard. The World Trade Center was a fixture all the time I lived there. When I retired from the Coast Guard and went into Security Management and Disaster Preparedness, I became acquainted with a lot of other professionals. Including people who worked in the World Trade Center.
Unfortunately, 3 friends and 6 colleagues lost their lives in that attack. As a result, the fact that Donald Trump pledged $10,000 to a charity to help victims and then “stiffed” that charity really bothers me.
I am quite sure that Donald will either claim that he never pledged the money or that he actually gave the money under an alias or this is another media conspiracy to hurt him. I know for a fact that he will never own up to the fact he lied about his charity giving, again.
This is not about just stiffing a charity. This is about integrity. Integrity is the one thing that each of us must have in order to be believed about anything. Donald Trump has proven he has no integrity. I would be surprised if he even knows how to spell the word.
Without integrity you cannot have any morality. You cannot have any character. You can not be trusted. Since Donald Trump has shown time and again he has no integrity at all, means we cannot trust him with the reigns of power of our country.
His lack of integrity makes him totally unfit to be President.