Many people have said it over the years, but it bears repeating: Donald Trump is a con man who has defrauded thousands of people. He has stiffed contractors, small businesses, widows, veterans, and now children.
Yes, Forbes is reporting that charity money raised Eric Trump Foundation and meant to help pay for children’s cancer treatments actually went into businesses owned by Donald Trump.
Eric Trump set up an annual golf tournament meant to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, but when Daddy Donnie found out that his son had let the tournament use Trump National Golf Course for free. When the father found out, he was furious. As Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester, recalled:
“In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]–the bills would just disappear. Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not — everybody gets billed.’”
Additionally, the costs Trump’s golf club charged the tournament have skyrocketed, beginning at $59,000 in 2012 and steadily climbing to $322,000 in 2015.
All total, Forbes reports:
“The Trump Organization received payments for [Trump National’s] use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization.”
And in spite of these payments being made to Daddy Donnie, when contacted by Forbes, Eric Trump chose to lie and tell the publication that all of the money raised by the golf tournament goes to St. Jude’s:
“We get to use our assets 100% free of charge.”
Here’s a thought: Instead of calling them the First Family, we should label them as what they really are: the First Grifters.
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