Trump has told us all along that what he says, and he will do, and what he will pledge to do will be incapable of being believed.
He’s said it from the very beginning.
It’s the most oft-repeated thing in his vocabulary. His own admission that what he says, and what he says he’s done, and what he says he will do, is simply not able to be believed.
Turns out that part is actually true.
Today’s untrustworthy, unaccountable, and un-believable discovery: his “I raised 6 million dollars for vets” brag on helping the vets the same night he pulled a media stunt on the eve of the Iowa caucus.
The Wall Street Journal, citing a survey of the 22 groups listed by Trump’s campaign as prospective recipients for the money, had obtained a total of only $2.4 million from Trump’s foundation or associates.
Fox Business Network first reported in late February that only a fraction of the pledged donations had made their way to the veterans groups.
At the time, FBN reported, several groups said they had not received any money. And seven of the 22 told Fox Business Network they had received a total of $650,000. Other groups did not respond to inquiries at the time.
Trump held the Jan. 29 benefit in lieu of attending a GOP debate hosted by Fox News. The real estate mogul had declined to appear at the debate, claiming that he had not been treated fairly by the network.
All groups that confirmed receiving money from the Trump event got checks in the mail. Sixteen charities saw donations arrive in late February in increments of $50,000 or $100,000. The other three reported smaller donations in March, with those amounts averaging between $5,000 and $15,000.
Keith David of the Task Force Dagger Foundation told the Journal that he was confused about whether a $50,000 check from Trump associate Stewart Rahr’s foundation was tied to the Iowa event. He said he had been informed by a Trump representative that it was.
“It’s a little weird,” David said. “It looks like it’s from a totally separate organization.”
The Journal, citing the Trump Foundation’s tax returns, reported that the nonprofit had given just $180,000 to veterans’ charities over the past decade. Hicks said that amount did not include personal donations by the candidate.
At least one prominent charity declined to receive any money from the January fundraiser. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) founder Paul Rieckhoff called the event a “political stunt.”
He’s really unbelievable.