“Faced with a cash shortage and overspending by Democrats, the campaign began last September to set up recurring default donations for online donors, for each week until the election.
“Contributors had to go through a small print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.
“As the election nears, the Trump team has made this disclaimer increasingly opaque,” a New York Times investigation showed. lines of text in bold and capital letters that spanned the unsubscribe language. “
That Trump’s campaign is willing to seemingly deceive their own supporters with money is the kind of scam that should shock you. But that shouldn’t surprise you.
Why not? Because the entire Trump campaign and presidency has had elements of this kind of scam game – separating people from their money for the benefit of the 45th president, either directly or indirectly.
* In March 2016, as Trump made his way to the Republican nomination, he held a press conference at his Trump National property in Jupiter, Fla., During which Trump steaks, Trump bottled water and Trump wine
were not only on display in the room, but referenced by Trump during his remarks. “We sell water and we have water, and it’s a very successful water company,” he told reporters. “We have Trump steaks.”
* In 2019, the White House announced that the G7 summit will be held at Trump’s Doral property in Florida
— only to reverse course
after a massive outcry over the president (and his properties) enjoying an international summit. “I thought I was doing something very good for our country by using Trump National Doral in Miami to host the G-7 leaders,” Trump tweeted.
* Inasmuch as Philip Bump of the Washington Post noted
, Trump visited a Trump property during the 428 days of his presidency, once every three days during his time in the White House.
* The first installment of the millions Trump raised – apparently to fund his legal fight after the 2020 election – went to his PAC Save America, a small print inclusion
that many (many!) people haven’t realized by donating.
So this latest report of Trump’s campaign fooling his own donors is a hallmark of who he is, not a problem. Trump – and his offspring, whom he keeps close by – always have an eye on how to separate people from their money. Nothing changed when he was elected president. Not a thing. An example: According to CREW
government watchdog Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner “reported $ 172 million to $ 640 million in outside income while working in the White House.”
It should also be noted here that we know – thanks to New York Times reporting on Trump’s tax returns
– that the former President is facing a triple financial crisis: 1) He has more than $ 400 million in personally guaranteed loans
to come over the next four years and 2) his main source of income – his personal brand – was hit hard in many areas during his presidency and 3) the Trump organization made 40% less in turnover in 2020 than in 2019
He is a man in desperate need of new sources of income – and fast. And someone who has Many times has demonstrated that he is more than willing to cheat even his staunchest supporters – and biggest admirers – with their money.
In short: stay tuned. This is not the first apparent scam Trump has pulled. And it certainly won’t be the last.