Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Apple, tree: Trump edition

Tonight, on my television (yours too, I bet) both CNN and MSNBC were running a Trump speech, live, under a "breaking news" banner. No wonder he doesn't have to care about fundraising to buy tv ads---they give it to him for free, though he cares enough about it being sufficiently 'huge' to play smoke and mirrors with the numbers (though it is also possible that his staff is so inept they are as clueless about fundraising reporting as they are about campaign finance law, as CNBC reports.)

This last conjecture, involving a mix of incompetence and corruption, gains some support from the behavior of one of Trump's sons.  Trump pere claims to give far more to charity than he actually does, according to publicly available records and reports from charities, as the Washington Post reported some days ago. That report needled Eric, one of the Trump boys, who seemed to want to demonstrate how close to the tree its apple can fall, as TPM reports.

"I’m just saying, Jesus Christ, why is this guy trying to f---ing kill us?" Trump allegedly told the Post's David A. Fahrenthold.
Fahrenthold had meticulously tried to find corroboration for Donald Trump's claims of generous charitable giving, contacting 200 charities associated with the businessman. The reporter found only one charity that received a donation, in the amount of less than $10,000.
Fahrenthold also went to lengths to reach Trump Jr., reportedly attempting to contact him over email, through his foundation, and on Twitter.
Trump took issue with direct messages the reporter left him on Twitter and for a blog postFahrenthold wrote raising unanswered questions he had about his father's donations.
"It’s disgusting. It is so disgusting what’s happening," Eric Trump reportedly told the journalist. "I’m saving dying children. We do tremendous good for people. And you’re sitting there tearing us apart."
Trump alleged that his father had given his own foundation hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years in addition to the donations he had made directly to charities.
"My father has given me and my foundation hundreds of thousands of dollars. And he’s given other charities millions and millions and millions of dollars," Eric Trump said.
You could say baby Trump is a nice boy, if by 'nice' you mean 'out of control asshole', and if by 'boy' you mean 'thug'.

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