Is this special Trump event for veterans, held during the GOP debate on FOX News, simply a publicity stunt for Trump to trump FOX News and line his pockets?
There are red flags about the event being raised all over the internet as it’s been learned that 100% of all online donations will go to the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
Though the foundation has a disclaimer at the bottom of the website that they are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with reassurances that 100% of the money donated will go directly to veterans’ needs, the one thing the site fails to disclose is that this is the Trump’s foundation has a history of donating more to the Clinton Crime Family Foundation than it does to veterans.
Trump is now portraying himself as a huge and staunch supporter for veterans. However, according to an analysis by the Weekly Standard, between 2009 and 2013, the Donald J. Trump Foundation only gave $57,000 to veterans groups. In contrast, Trump’s foundation gave between $100,001 and $250,000 over that same period of time to the corrupt Clinton Foundation. Trump has explained his donation to the Clintons and other entrenched and corrupt Democrats as being just business.
In 2012 alone, Trump’s donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation matched the amount given to veterans over the course of four years. Trump made that donation when the group was shrouded in controversy over their donations to Planned Parenthood, and baby butcher and body parts chop shop that Trump has praised as doing good work.
Even more troubling, The Federalist reports that the domain for Trump’s veterans event that’s accepting online donations, www.donaldtrumpforvets.com, was just registered on Thursday morning by the same firm that designed his presidential site.
On Wednesday, Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said that his organization would decline any money from Trump’s event if offered. He commented on Twitter, “We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts.”
Perhaps Trump does plan to give 100% of the money raised from the site, as of this writing $180,000, to veterans. But, the optics don’t look good. Rather than partnering up with one of the many organizations that serve veterans, Trump is funneling the money through his foundation.
No wonder red flags are going up.