Posing as champion of veterans, Trump instead tried to stiff them

skipping-gop-debate-trump-headlines-event-for-veteransFor months now, Donald Trump has been bragging to voters about the $1 million that he had personally donated to American veterans groups, part of an alleged $6 million that he claimed to have raised at a veterans rally back in January.

“Our veterans have been treated like third-class citizens and it is my great honor to support them with this $1 million contribution,” Trump said at the time. “They are truly incredible people. We are going to strengthen our military, take care of our vets and make American great again.”

But it’s the oddest thing: Most of that money — especially that $1 million personal donation — never seemed to actually make it to the veterans. As the Wall Street Journal reported last month, only $2.4 million in donations from that rally could be tracked, leaving $3.6 million unaccountable. And that $2.4 million had come from other sources, not from Trump himself, as he had promised.

When asked this week by the press to document that he had actually given that $1 million, or to identify the group(s) that received it, Trump grew irate, accusing the media of attacking him.

But Donald was lying. While he reveled in the public glory of donating to these “truly incredible people,” while he repeated the claim about his largess in speeches, campaign appearances and TV interviews all around the country, while he used veterans as a prop for his own ambitions, the reality was that this alleged multi-billionaire had stiffed the veterans and had made no such contribution.¹

None. As in zero. And he almost got away with it. Only after that “dishonest and disgusting media” began closing in on him was Trump finally forced to cough up the cash, contacting the Marine Corps Law-Enforcement Foundation on Monday night to tell them to expect a check that will be delivered today.

Supposedly. If it doesn’t bounce.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me remind you again: The man who would use veterans in such a fashion is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party to be president of the United States.

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¹The behavior is consistent with Trump’s previous claims of charitable giving. His campaign claimed that he had given more than $100 million to charities in the past five years. After the Washington Post dug into those gifts, it discovered that the real amount of money donated by Trump himself was zero.

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Dugan Collum
Dugan Collum

All the lying mayhem under handed trickery money laundering suspicious deaths and add Benghazi to the list of the hildabeast is known for and y'all wanna call trump out Typical liberials propaganda !!!

Bob Hunt
Bob Hunt

Jay is a slimey slug of a journalist, I can see him at a Clinton rally on his knees crawling over to smell her shoes and leaving a slick behind him. By calling himself a journalist he cast a stink on the term. He takes yellow journalism to a new low every time he writes.

Dona Elaine Hubbs
Dona Elaine Hubbs

Funny Bookman, I just saw in his speech this morning that he's raised over 6 million so far for veterans, and next Tuesday would hold a press conference to announce which veteran groups would share the monies raised. How much have you or your candidate raised and/or donated to veterans causes? Never point a finger where you haven't lent a hand sir.

NWGAL
NWGAL

If you raise money and it never makes it to the charity, if you pretend it did repeatedly but it didn't, what is that called?

Richard Rossell
Richard Rossell

Trump's group can't account for all the money. His talk is cheap.

Bill Clements
Bill Clements

Reporting without facts - typical for AJC and Bookman - how much as Hillary raised and donated for veterans ?

Darrell Stephens
Darrell Stephens

The frog and scorpion a story every American should know the morel of, because Trump is the scorpion and America is the frog. Trust me said the scorpion. Yeh, right.

Ghassan Ghraizi
Ghassan Ghraizi

A mostly failure as a businessman, a liar, a race baiter, bigot, xenophobe, and bully: the Republican party finally has a mascot.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

"The sad part is that his audience simply won’t care. We seem to be living in a post-fact age where allegiance to ideology (and increasingly the ideologue) is more important than whether that ideology has actual factual support." 

Guess who that's about? 

Nope! 

Actually, it's Jason Colavito talking about "Atlantis is real" conspiracy theorists... 

Are people getting dumber, or what?

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Nick_Danger wait, Atlantis is not real?

but i have seen the Bimini road with my own two eyes...it's right out there where i sent that troll yesterday on a jet ski...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@St Simons he-ne-ha @Nick_Danger 

You haven't heard the best part! 

The modern Atlantis paradigm is based upon the assumption that ancient peoples could not have built ancient monuments, so it must have been a superior (read: "white") race of Atlanteans (NOT Atlantans!). 

That is, if it wasn't actually space aliens, who eventually evolved into a superior (read: "white") race...

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Do you have a daughter Honested?  Would you let her marry a Republican? 

Just curious."


@Donnie The Pinko Sympathizer


If it doesn't  INVOLVE you.....it  shouldn't CONCERN you !


If you mind your own business, you'll stay busy all the time .


SO MIND UR OWN DAMN BUSINESS AND STAY OUT OF HIS!


K


Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Is anybody surprised that Georgia joined the group of states suing the feds because "Ew, trans people are icky!"?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Nick_Danger

because "Ew, trans people are icky!"?

Now let's not jump to conclusions.

This suit is against Obama administration regs. So there's a heapin' helping of "Ew, uppity n-words are uppity" as well.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Do you have a daughter Honested? 

Would you let her marry a Republican? 

Just curious.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Donnie_Pinko Is she a slave/property that a father can determine who she will marry?  Is that what we need to "take our country back"?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko @KUTGF

My daughter may end up marrying a Bernie supporter. Of course, she's usually on a three year cycle with previous boyfriends, and his expiration date is looming.

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko 

Yes I have a daughter.

I raised her better than that but if she made such a terrible choice it would be her choice now wouldn't it.

I defer to St.Simons answer as something I have hoped for all of her life.

rimsky
rimsky

YOU'LL CONS ARE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF LIARS.


Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Has anyone considered that perhaps from the standpoint of the ruling elites, the lingering investigations serve as a kind of Damocles sword hanging over her neck and giving them a possible last minute 'out' on the Democratic side? 

The fact that their attempts to engineer the derailing of the Trump nomination failed on the Republican side, it should not simply be assumed that there could not be a last minute 'switch' on the Democratic side, especially if Clinton continues to struggle like she has.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Do you folks on the liberal side really think that Hillary Clinton comes out of this investigation completely unscathed?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko

Not from the public's perspective. If there's no indictment, dems and Obama will be looked at with skepticism. If there 's an indictment, the dem party will be succumbing to Bernie's SOCIALISM be it democratic or not.

Even with Trump, Hillary's in the middle of a squeeze play. On foreign policy, Trump's coming at her from the left and right.

This is soooooooooo entertaining.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Donnie_Pinko No. 

She could have handled the issue much better, IMO. 

But I after incessantly hearing "orange jumpsuit" and "indictment" and "felony" and even "espionage" from some of our more trollish friends, it's understandable that some on the left consider this a victory.  IMO.

rimsky
rimsky

@honested @Donnie_Pinko Me too.  The FBI and others have seen what happened with the witch hunt of IRS.  So go along with the con nuts and investigate.

If they didn't the nuts will be scream "not fair" to the media specially FAUX.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@FIGMO2 @Donnie_Pinko 

"If there's no indictment, dems and Obama will be looked at with skepticism." 

I don't think this opinion is held by anybody who had the remotest chance of ever voting for Clinton, and so is meaningless.

kitty72
kitty72

@Nick_Danger @FIGMO2 @Donnie_Pinko  That is the thing. It won't change the minds of Hillary haters. I don't know that it will be an issue with those who consider Hillary the less dangerous of Trump and Hillary. That really is the issue. Not that people love Hillary.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Donnie_Pinko No.  I think this and the GOP witch hunts have hurt her already.  The truth will never win the GOP base. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@honested @FIGMO2 @Donnie_Pinko

From the left AND the right.

No more nation building. No more intervention that does not serve our national interest. And then there's his "We're gonna destroy ISIS."

Orange15
Orange15

Well, you people will have to excuse me. I'm going to the Navy Exchange and then start celebrating.