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By Mark Sumner
Since he first looked in to see whether or not Trump had followed through on a promise to send millions to veteran's groups (not), David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post has been diligently working through the records of the Trump Foundation. In those months the story he's turned up has been one of a fund used to buy whatever Trump wanted, bribe political officials to look the other way on Trump shenanigans, pay off Trump's legal bills, and act as a slush fund to hide income all the while illegally accepting donations from across the country.
He's also found that Trump not only isn't very charitable, he lies about it.
"In the fall of 1996, a charity called the Association to Benefit Children held a ribbon-cutting in Manhattan for a new nursery school serving children with AIDS. The bold-faced names took seats up front. ... there was a seat saved for Steven Fisher, a developer who had given generously to build the nursery.
"Then, all of a sudden, there was Donald Trump.
"'Nobody knew he was coming,' said Abigail Disney, another donor sitting on the dais. 'There's this kind of ruckus at the door, and I don't know what was going on, and in comes Donald Trump. [He] just gets up on the podium and sits down.'
"Trump was not a major donor. He was not a donor, period. He'd never given a dollar to the nursery or the Association to Benefit Children, according to Gretchen Buchenholz, the charity's executive director then and now."- Advertisement -
Give nothing. Take credit. And in the process, Trump damaged the relationship between a charity and a donor who had actually deserved to be on the stage. It's just a one incident ... in a very long line. Donald Trump, philanthropist, is an absolutely shameful charade.