A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
I’ve been running this love fest with presidential candidate Donald Trump for over four weeks with no idea where it’s heading. Now I find I will be able to post a new item every day from now until November without repeating myself. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!
Self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very wrong. I completely failed to take into consideration that Donald Trump is a very astute businessman:
Talk about the art of the deal: Donald Trump’s charity once bought a 6-foot-tall painting of the wealthy businessman for $20,000 and supposedly put it on display at one of his golf courses.
The purchase of the painting is just one of several tidbits that jump out in a lengthy review of Trump’s personal charity by the Washington Post. What’s unusual, the Post writes, is that Trump rarely gives away his own money, using donations from others to give to charities in his own name.
As with Trump’s presidential campaign, his charity operates on a shoestring budget and is dominated by family members. At last check the Post said the foundation only had $1.3 million.
The life-size painting was purchased in 2007 during a charity event at which a so-called speed painter drew a likeness of Trump in just a few minutes. Melania Trump bid $10,000, and when no one else bid, she doubled the offer in a customary practice at charity auctions.
The painter, Michael Israel, told the Post it was his understanding the artwork was sent to a Trump-owned golf course.
This is so remarkable. Mrs. Trump paid $20,000 for a quicky painting of her husband at a charity auction. How thoughtful and caring. Then the painting was passed on to be used as decoration at a Trump golf course. How benevolent. But there is more:
The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities. An investigation of the foundation — including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries — found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner.
For one thing, nearly all of its money comes from people other than Trump. In tax records, the last gift from Trump was in 2008. Since then, all of the donations have been other people’s money — an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation.
Trump then takes that money and generally does with it as he pleases. In many cases, he passes it on to other charities, which often are under the impression that it is Trump’s own money.
In two cases, he has used money from his charity to buy himself a gift. In one of those cases — not previously reported — Trump spent $20,000 of money earmarked for charitable purposes to buy a six-foot-tall painting of himself.
Money from the Trump Foundation has also been used for political purposes, which is against the law. The Washington Post reported this month that Trump paid a penalty this year to the Internal Revenue Service for a 2013 donation in which the foundation gave $25,000 to a campaign group affiliated with Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi (R).
This country needs a man like Trump who demonstrates there are no limits to what can be accomplished in business absent restrictive government regulation.
Thank you, Mr. Trump. Thank you very, very, very much.
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.