Remember when Donald Trump decided to skip the Iowa debate because Megyn Kelly was something and Donald Trump is a real man and not a coward? Instead, he went and spoke at a rally that raised money for veteran charities. These 22 charities actually. Trump claimed to have raised more than $6 million!
But what about the money? Trump’s campaign later released a list of 22 veterans organizations it said would benefit from the fundraising haul. Two veterans groups the list notably did not include were the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and VoteVets, both of which called Trump out for using veterans to distract from his debate problems while not knowing about their issues or having policy proposals to help veterans. And that list of 22 organizations bears some watching—are they groups that actually follow through on their missions … and when and how fully will the $6 million Trump says he raised be distributed? The money is going through the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has donated only $75,000 to veterans groups since 2010.
Well, about that.
Almost $4 million raised by Donald Trump’s campaign at a veterans’ charity fundraising event in January has yet to be distributed to the intended recipients, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal asked 19 of the 22 charities on Trump’s list and they could only account for about $2.4 million, combined. What is pretty great about watching Donald Trump is getting to watch how the privileged class actually operates inside of their minds. Trump is unabashedly a liar and self-agrandizing piece of poop—he will say that the rising water around his yacht lifts all other boats even in the face of clear evidence. You don’t even have to wait!
UPDATE: A little while later Trump’s campaign said they hadn’t raised exactly that. But even what they said they raised hadn’t found its way to the numerous charities they claimed. He then attacked the media while still saying that the money, sans evidence, had reached all of the charities.