Trump Says Donation to Florida AG Came With No Strings, Unlike Donations to Democrats
All you have to do is bring up Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s donations to career liberals and you’ll get the same, tired response from his sycophants:
He’s a businessman and he was making donations so he could do business. It wasn’t about politics. It was just business.
Trump himself has made this claim:
“I support politicians,” Donald J. Trump explained at last Thursday’s Republican debate in Detroit, after being challenged on his campaign checks to Democrats. “In 2008, I supported Hillary Clinton. I supported many other people, by the way. And that was because of the fact that I’m in business.”
Trump has found time to shrug off criticisms of his past donations, defending them as a business necessity: “I am a businessman,” Trump told conservative talk radio host Howie Carr recently, as reported by Buzzfeed. “And when, you know, a speaker of the House or head of the Senate or, you know, people call, you know, I generally speak. As a businessman, you wanna be friendly with everybody.”
In other words, he was paying to play. Those donations were so he could get special treatment, so he could be left alone or get through bureaucratic hoops quicker, perhaps get his licenses approved faster. Who knows? We are assured, however, it wasn’t politics. It was business.
Meanwhile, in Ohio:
Donald Trump on Monday dismissed questions about his failure to disclose an improper $25,000 contribution to a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was at the time considering whether to open a fraud investigation against Trump University.
“I never spoke to her, first of all; she’s a fine person beyond reproach. I never even spoke to her about it at all. She’s a fine person. Never spoken to her about it. Never,” Trump said Monday while speaking to reporters in Ohio. “Many of the attorney generals turned that case down because I’ll win that case in court. Many turned that down. I never spoke to her.”
The $25,000 gift, paid by the Donald J. Trump Foundation, violated federal rules that prohibit charities from making donations to political candidates. Trump and his team also failed to disclose the large gift to the Internal Revenue Service, instead reporting that the donation was given to an unrelated group with a similar name – effectively obscuring the contribution.
Bondi ultimately decided not to open an investigation against Trump’s embattled for-profit education business.
Just so I have it right, when it comes to Democrats, his donations are strictly for cronyism based reasons. It’s because “you wanna be friendly with everybody.” But when it comes to the Attorney General who is deciding whether to investigate him, Trump’s donation had nothing to do with being friendly with her.
Is that about right? Do you believe that?