The President's charity scam

Remember when the President of the United States was caught running a scam charity, from which he used the proceeds to buy giant paintings of himself, and was forced to pay $2 million in damages? No?

It says a lot about this President that something like running a fraudulent charity can fall through the cracks:

President Trump has paid $2 million in court-ordered damages for misusing funds in a tax-exempt charity he controlled, the New York attorney general said Tuesday.

At least he paid. His contractors usually aren’t so lucky.

The payment was ordered last month by a New York state judge in an extraordinary rebuke to a sitting president. Trump had been sued in 2018 by the New York attorney general, who alleged the president had illegally used funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to buy portraits of himself, pay off his businesses’ legal obligations and help his 2016 campaign.

The money was split among eight charities, according to a statement from New York Attorney General Letitia James (D). The charities were the Army Emergency Relief, the Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of National Capital Area, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, according to the statement.

That one of the legitimate charities scammed by the white nationalists’ favorite President is the Holocaust Museum is…[chef’s kiss].

In addition, Trump agreed to distribute the remaining $1.8 million left in the Donald J. Trump Foundation to the same eight charities. In all, each charity received $476,140.41.

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In a statement, attorneys for Trump said: “The legacy of the Trump Foundation — which gave away many millions to those in need at virtually no cost — is secure.” They did not answer a reporter’s query about whether Trump intended to count the court-ordered $2 million payment on his taxes as a charitable deduction.

(via Joe Walsh – the longshot Presidential candidate, not the “Life’s Been Good” guy – on Twitter)

On The Simpsons, Mr. Burns was once diagnosed with “Three Stooges Syndrome,” a condition in which he has every single disease known to man but they all kind of cancel each other out.

Similarly, Trump is embroiled in so many scandals that none of them can really gain any traction. And that’s why he thinks he’s indestructible. Hopefully the impeachment hearings are the slight breeze.

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