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strollingbones

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It was, in large part, a facade. A months-long investigation by The Washington Post has not been able to verify many of Trump's boasts about his philanthropy.

Instead, throughout his life in the spotlight, whether as a businessman, television star or presidential candidate, The Post found that Trump had sought credit for charity he had not given - or had claimed other people's giving as his own.

It is impossible to know for certain what Trump has given to charity, because he has declined to release his tax returns. In all, The Post was able to identify $7.8 million in charitable giving from Trump's own pocket since the early 1980s.

In public appearances, Trump often made it appear that he gave far more.

Trump promised to give away the proceeds of Trump University. He promised to donate the salary he earned from "The Apprentice." He promised to give personal donations to the charities chosen by contestants on "Celebrity Apprentice." He promised to donate $250,000 to a charity helping Israeli soldiers and veterans.

Together, those pledges would have increased Trump's lifetime giving by millions of dollars. But The Post has been unable to verify that he followed through on any of them.

Instead, The Post found that his personal giving has almost disappeared entirely in recent years. After calling 420-plus charities with some connection to Trump, The Post found only one personal gift from Trump between 2008 and the spring of this year. That was a gift to the Police Athletic League of New York City, in 2009. It was worth less than $10,000.

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The charity that Trump has given the most money to over his lifetime appears to be his own: the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

But that charity, too, was not what it seemed.

The Trump Foundation appeared outwardly to be a typical, if small, philanthropic foundation - set up by a rich man to give his riches away.

In reality, it has been funded largely by other people. Tax records show the Trump Foundation has received $5.5 million from Trump over its life, and nothing since 2008. It received $9.3 million from other people.

Another unusual feature: one of the foundation's most consistent cause


Read more here: Trump talks a big game on charity, but his actual donations fall well short
 

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At this point, the Post has all the credibility of their chosen goddess.

Please illustrate how The Clinton Foundation, funded with foreign capital, operates any differently. You can be damned sure no cash flows OUT of the Clintons' pockets.

Where's the Haiti money?
 

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At this point, the Post has all the credibility of their chosen goddess.

Please illustrate how The Clinton Foundation, funded with foreign capital, operates any differently. You can be damned sure no cash flows OUT of the Clintons' pockets.

Where's the Haiti money?

Dafuck does the "Clinton Foundation" have to do with Rump?

"Given any topic about Rump that dares not to swoon in pants-creaming obsequiousness at Skinwork Orange, his sheeple will traipse in wid a quickness to change the subject to "Hillary Clinton", "Bill Clinton", "George Clinton" or anything they can think of to change the ever-inconvenient subject". ---Pogo's Law.

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It is impossible to know for certain what Trump has given to charity, because he has declined to release his tax returns.
So you assume guilt. That makes you a party hack so nothing else you say matters.

Number one, how does "impossible to know" assume anything, let alone "guilt"?

Number two, "guilty" of ---- what?
 

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