When The Donald tells the truth, we should believe him

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appears at a rally with Donald Trump. (AP)

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appears at a rally with Donald Trump. (AP)

Now it gets real.

The frivolities of summer are behind us. Kids are back in school, vacations are over and Election Day is just two months away. The polls are getting tighter and the presidential campaign has begun in earnest.  For a lot of voters, this is when they really start paying attention. And one of the things they ought to be curious about comes to us out of Florida, where the politically bizarre is almost commonplace.

Here’s how the timeline plays out on this one:

— On Aug. 25, 2013, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced it was filing a civil lawsuit seeking $40 million in restitution for consumers allegedly ripped off by Trump University. According to Schneiderman, the “university” was actually “a fraud from beginning to end,” “swindling desperate people with phony promises.” (A separate civil fraud lawsuit is pending in California.)

— On Sept. 13, 2013, a spokeswoman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told the press that her office was reviewing similar consumer complaints about fraud perpetrated by Trump University in Florida and was considering joining the New York lawsuit.

— While that preliminary investigation was underway, Bondi by her own account personally called Donald Trump and solicited a campaign contribution. Both she and Trump say they did not discuss the pending fraud case in those conversations.

— On Sept. 17, 2013, Bondi’s efforts paid off when the Trump Foundation made a $25,000 campaign contribution to a political action committee created to aid in Bondi’s re-election.

— Shortly after the contribution, Bondi’s office concluded that despite more than 20 complaints from Florida citizens that Trump University had been a fraud and was refusing to grant promised refunds, it had no grounds for joining a suit against Trump.

But wait, there’s more.

The campaign donation to Bondi was illegal, because foundations are not allowed to donate to political campaigns. And when the Trump Foundation filed its required 2013 expenditures to the IRS, something odd happened. That report showed no sign of the illegal contribution to Bondi’s campaign. Instead, it reported that the $25,000 contribution had gone to a Kansas charity with a name similar to that of Bondi’s group. (In reality, the Kansas charity received no contribution from Trump or from his charity.)

Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks now attributes both the illegal contribution and the misleading IRS report to “an unfortunate series of coincidences and errors,” and Trump has paid a $2,500 fine as a result.

It’s also important to keep in mind that Trump has bragged, openly, repeatedly and without apparent shame, about his longtime practice of buying politicians with donations, known in shorthand as “pay to play.”

“When I want something, I get it,” he boasted to an Iowa crowd back in the primaries. “When I call, they kiss my ass. It’s true. They kiss my ass.”

“I was a businessman,” he said in a GOP debate in January. “I give to everybody. When they call, I give. You know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, and they are there for me. It’s true, it’s true.”

Admittedly, I don’t usually give much credence to Trump’s bragging. But in this case, given the supporting facts, when The Donald says it’s true, I think we should probably believe him.

 

 

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Kat Brag
Kat Brag

Low bar set for Trump. The lack of real reporting is astonishing. I guess his lies and scandals are too hard to keep up with, so day after day, it's the Clinton's email server.The right still says we have a Liberal media. What a lie. We have Corporate Media that is only about making money.

Gary Rebholtz
Gary Rebholtz

He does not know the truth anymore than Hillary!

Tiffany Harris
Tiffany Harris

Donald trump. Call me too 6158789929. Boy too him 6157960277

Tim Duke Sr.
Tim Duke Sr.

He's bought Clinton years ago smart man.. sad thing she still takes payments from others

Sheila Taylor
Sheila Taylor

Well, can he call Dr. Phil for some real help?!?!

Barry Camp
Barry Camp

When has he told the truth? He knows more about ISIS than the generals? Riiiiiiggggghhhttttt.

Barry Pendry
Barry Pendry

My question is...when has he ever told the truth.

Steven Varnadoe
Steven Varnadoe

Serious question: Exactly how is he a racist? I'm not trying to flame here, I'd like to know why people think he is a racist.

Joe Janssen
Joe Janssen

You just generalized every politician

Barry Camp
Barry Camp

He's a legend in his own mind....

lvg
lvg

""O nly 10 percent of Gov. Mitt Romney's military advisory council in the 2012 election appear on the letter backing this year's Republican nominee.


"The fact that there aren't any major names on the list — that it's short — that's what's surprising. These are not big names," retired Army Col. Jack Jacobs and MSNBC military analyst told NBC News of the list.

"There's almost no name on that list that I recognized," said retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who added he was surprised in recognizing just a handful of names despite growing up with a father who was a three-tar general, and despite spending decades in the service himself.

Republican candidates typically have no shortage of military supporters: 500 retired admirals and generals took out an ad in the Washington Times to show support for Gov. Mitt Romney on the eve of the 2012 election. Romney also had 354 retired generals and admirals on his "military advisor council" — just 36 of whom appeared on Trump's list this week."""


http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-s-list-88-military-endorsements-seen-some-lacking-n643576

ByteMe
ByteMe

@lvg Maybe they all died in the past four years.... in Benghaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!


It's all HILLARY'S FAULT!!

rimsky
rimsky

Dallas Morning News Endorses Democrat For President For First Time In Over 75 Years/////

Poor Trump.  Hehehehehe

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@rimsky One reason that they threw Trump under the bus for on Yesterday is because of his refusal to release his tax returns.  Td is living in a fantasy world if he thinks that's not going to affect votes.  

lvg
lvg

@StraightNoChaser @rimsky Be ready for the  tricked up 2015 return  disclosed just before the election. If he loses , it will be amended the next day.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Trump's gonna cut taxes dramatically, build a wall along the Mexican border, deport 12 million humans, build up the military AND get rid of the National Debt in 8 years.

Dude has some mad skills.  Or is off his rocker...

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@LordHelpUs  You left off a couple of things - giant infrastructure project (about $800Bn), increased spending on VA,

JamVet
JamVet

Trump's new motto: Are you better off than you were four wives ago?


rimsky
rimsky

Colin Kaepernik is donating his portion of the jersey sales to the causes he supports.

Has Donald Trump done anything like that?

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@rimsky Absolutely. He has said that he has given yuuuuuuge amounts to charities. All shown on his income tax returns.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@rimsky He supports pretty eastern european immigrant women....  does that count?

honested
honested

@rimsky 

He mostly 'donates' to donald chump's pocket.

Nobody else will.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Kap is donating his proceeds from his jersey sale to charity...for those who wondered what are his solutions

rimsky
rimsky

@BuckeyeGa Sorry bud we have hit the enter button one after the other.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Here ya go td:


Donald Trump: “We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt.”

Bob Woodward: “How long would that take?”

Trump: “I think I could do it fairly quickly, because of the fact the numbers…”

Woodward: “What’s fairly quickly?”

Trump: “Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/04/02/trumps-nonsensical-claim-he-can-eliminate-19-trillion-in-debt-in-eight-years/

honested
honested

@LordHelpUs 

"Fairly quickly, because of the fact the numbers".......

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

ByteMe
ByteMe

@LordHelpUs I'm sure it seems to him like bankruptcy court would be quick about it....

ByteMe
ByteMe

@honested Generally speaking, growth does solve a lot of evils... but the amount of growth we can generate is going to be based on how many able-bodied workers we can put to work.  And that takes more immigrants, because the locals aren't putting out 18-year-old kids fast enough.

honested
honested

@ByteMe @honested 

And, lest we forget, there is ample evidence a HIGHER top marginal rate must be in the mix.

JamVet
JamVet

Reason enough for this veteran to never consider voting for the dishonorable pig:

"He's not a war hero," Trump said at the Iowa Family Leadership Summit when moderator Frank Luntz brought up McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.


Immediately modifying his original remarks, Trump said, "He's a war hero 'cause he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK?"


"Perhaps he's a war hero, but right now he's said some very bad things about a lot of people," Trump said.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Apparently Trump who has boldly insisted he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and still keep his supporters is afraid of releasing his tax returns.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@honested  "Is that a flashlight in your pocket... or just a roll of coins?"

ByteMe
ByteMe

@NWGAL Funny stunt idea: shoot his tax returns in the middle of Fifth Avenue.

honested
honested

@NWGAL 

I guess there is just a chicken hiding in his shorts.