It is difficult to appreciate what a lying cheapskate bastard Donald Trump is.
In a classic fraud move, he made himself look good to the public, by lying to the American people, and veterans, about how much he raised for veterans’ groups, when he hid behind them to get out of the GOP debate… Donald Trump promised $6 million to veterans. Now he needs to deliver, by personally forking over the millions of dollars he said he raised, but didn’t.
Country. Service. Action. That’s the motto of VoteVets.org. So it’s not surprising they’re angry at a bigmouth billionaire who welshes on his promise to raise millions of dollars for their service veterans, the blue collar Joes who need expensive arms, legs, and extensive PTSD counseling. They feel the same way about the jerks who walk around wearing dime-store purple hearts. They’re not too fond of land mines, either.
But don’t think that The Donald is now just acting badly on the campaign trail. This is who he is. He’s always been a skinflint.
TODAY, WE HAVE THE STORY of an accidental blessing from a schnook. Nearly two weeks ago, Donald Trump visited a public school in a poor Bronx neighborhood for the annual Principal for a Day event… The climax of his visit to Public School 70 was a stop at the bake sale for the school’s championship chess team, which was a few thousand dollars short for a trip to the national finals in Knoxville, Tenn. But thanks to Trump, 30 kids on the school chess team will leave tomorrow morning for Tennessee on a charte red bus. Trump dropped a $1 million bill into the bake sale treasury. A fake $1 million dollar bill. It is the kind of gesture that only a world-class blockhead would make.
That was 20 years ago. But it turned out well – the fuck-you faux donation generated enough publicity that outraged locals covered the cost of the team’s trip in Trump’s tight-fisted wake. What a schnook.
In fact, not all of Trump’s gestures were counterfeit million dollar bills. Some were worse. He raffled off 15 coupons for sneakers, redeemable at the Nike store in Trump Tower, a building that he said was in “the inner city called 57th and Fifth.”
“He said we were going to have to go on a bus to get them,” recalled student Eugenio Tavares Jr.
How typical of him. Donald calls up a tenant in one of his buildings and demands coupons for free stuff. He rides across town, emerges from his limo for an hour or two and hands them to a few poor kids, strutting like an apostle. After he’s gone the lepers have to hit up their parents and friends for bus fare to St. Donald’s basilica. It’s like a page ripped right out of “How A Lazy Jerk Does Philanthropy.”
Missing from Trump’s list of charitable giving: His own personal cash
…Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.
The largest items on the list were not cash gifts but land-
conservation agreements to forgo development rights on property Trump owns.
Trump’s campaign also counted a parcel of land that he’d given to New York state — although that was in 2006, not within the past five years.
And look who benefits from Trump’s big-hearted ways:
Some beneficiaries on the list are not charities at all: They included clients, other businesses and tennis superstar Serena Williams…
His foundation, for example, frequently gave money to groups that paid to use Trump’s facilities, and it donated to conservatives who could help promote Trump’s rise in the Republican Party. The foundation’s second-biggest donation described on the campaign’s list went to the charity of a man who had settled a lawsuit with one of Trump’s golf courses after being denied a hole-in-one prize.
What a fortunate group of people. His own clients. Businesses – who, by definition, already have ways of making money. Millionaires, like Serena Williams. Fellow Republicans, of course – at least the ones who want him to run for president. And let’s not forget the lucky golfer Trump cheated out of a prize that he never should have won – a hole-in-one? C’mon! Who else could possibly be more deserving of a billionaire’s abundant love for his fellow man? Donald is a fucking sweetheart. Hot tip: don’t even bother asking if he pays his taxes.
…but I found two tax appeals he filed from the year 1984, one with the City of New York and one with the state. And in one of these two cases, Donald filed something called a Schedule C. That’s what a freelancer files. He reported zero income and $626,000 of expenses, with no receipts and no documentation. That’s something that could be construed as tax fraud.
During the hearing, which lasted two days, the CPA and lawyer who had done Trump’s tax returns for years was shown the tax return, and he said, “Well, that’s my signature, but I didn’t prepare that tax return.”
Donald somehow filed a tax return that his lawyer/CPA had absolutely nothing to do with. The guy hasn’t the foggiest notion how his signature ended up on it. I’m only making an educated guess here, but if you had tried to pull that crap on the government you’d probably be in the slammer.
It also shows, in these two cases, that in the year 1984 Donald paid no federal income taxes. And there’s very good reason to think he doesn’t pay them now, because of a provision in federal law that allows large real estate professionals to live without paying income taxes.
If you ever wondered why people make a fuss about politicians releasing their tax returns, now you know. It’s to keep people like Donald Trump out of office.