Kevin Drum wrote this for Mother Jones magazine yesterday:
Here’s what Donald Trump did recently:
- He pledged $1 million to help veterans.
- He tried to weasel out of it for months and hoped no one would notice.
- When he finally got caught, he ponied up grudgingly and insulted the reporter who caught him.
Even among sleazebags, this is not normal behavior. This is pathological sleaziness. It’s literally beyond belief. Do not let Trump distract you with his latest barrage of insults. Do not turn your attention to the latest polls. Do not let this be normalized away as “just another Trump thing.”
Maybe we need to put this in simpler terms. $1 million is one ten-thousandth of Trump’s claimed wealth. The average American household has a net worth of about $50,000. One ten-thousandth of that is $5. In terms of its effect on his personal finances, what Trump did was the equivalent of promising five bucks to a homeless vet and then trying to weasel out of it. What kind of person would do that?
Source: Kevin Drum | Mother Jones
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Donald Trump Tried to Cheat Veterans out of $1 Million by Kevin Drum for Mother Jones.