Ripping off his own charity
As “a sign of how far gone we are,” Americans are just shrugging off the fact that the president of the United States has admitted he was stealing from his own charity, said Jack Holmes. Last week, New York state officials announced that President Trump had paid $2 million in a court-ordered judgment for using the Trump Foundation for personal gain—but amid the nonstop noise of the Trump circus, that news “barely made a splash.” People saw the headline and thought, “Well, yeah, of course Donald Trump ran a crooked charity.” But we really should be appalled. With funds that donors contributed for firefighters’ widows, veterans, and other good causes, Trump illegally paid more than $250,000 to settle lawsuits against his for-profit businesses; bought a $20,000, 6-foot portrait of himself; and funneled millions into his own 2016 campaign events. The grift goes back as far as 1989, when he used $7 of the foundation’s money to pay Don Jr.’s Boy Scout initiation fee. Just think about that: “seven dollars,” from “a self-styled Rich Guy.” Any other politician would be destroyed for such outrageous corruption, but Trump “can just brazenly lie about it.” Even his supporters know he’s a crook, and simply don’t care.