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Did Donald Trump Lie About Giving $1 Million Of His Own Money To Veterans

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles while speaking at a rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

One hundred and sixteen days ago, Donald Trump bailed out of a GOP debate and held an alternative event, a “fundraiser” for veterans. At the time, we wondered if it was a scam because our friends at The Federalist noted that contributions to that fundraiser went to Trump’s personal charity. This disbursement of the funds was slow. The disbursements did not add up to anywhere near the $6 million that Trump claimed to have raised. Over the weekend, Leon reported on the fact that even the Trump campaign is admitting it didn’t raise $6 million.

The Washington Post, reacting much like a shark to the scent of blood in the water, has taken another run at trying to find out what happened to the money Trump alleges to have raised.

Earlier this month, Trump did an interview with Washington Post reporters, before he walked out when he was asked about his various alter egos, this exchange took place

Is there anything in this exchange that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling? Like the money that was raised has been managed properly? No. Me neither. What is noticeable is that Trump does not mention donating any money to this particular fundraiser but rather glosses it over with a “I’ve given millions” claim… again unsubstantiated.

And naturally, the various flying monkeys of the Branch Trumpidian order set out to attack the reporter who simply aggregated the sum total of our knowledge about this charitable endeavor:

See the non-sequitur? Wonder if this clown is aware that Donald Trump got five draft deferments.

And the story explicitly states that 28 organizations received money, that is more than two. There is no agenda in this story beyond a reporter reporting what he was told by Trump and his various minions and trying to make sense of it.

This is a simple story that would go away if Donald Trump simply had it within his ability to tell the truth about anything. He said he raised $6 million, of which $1 million, was a personal contribution. What is so hard about showing this? The excuse Trump uses about him giving his charity privately is bogus. Until complaints were raised the only way veterans groups received money was by appearing on stage with him at campaign rallies. He is the guy who is bragging about raising $6 million. If he were truly the reticent man he claims to be, he wouldn’t have made a claim as to the dollar value raised. The fact is, that he raised over $4 million. That is a lot of money. And a lot of good groups have benefited from this generosity.

But why won’t Trump, after boasting about giving $1 million of his own money to this charity, simply provide some kind of documentation to substantiate the claim.

The reasons are limited to two. Either he is a very modest man who gave much more than $1 million and he will be embarrassed by the praise he will get when the word gets out. Or. Or he’s a lying cheapskate who hasn’t donated a penny but wants to credit for doing so.

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