Donald Trump is extraordinarily properly-recognized for his tendency to bend (or break) the fact, notably in relation to portraying himself in probably the most favorable mild potential. Whereas there are nearly limitless examples of this, one notably vile demonstration of his propensity to lie is his exaggerations and fabrications of how charitable he supposedly is to varied causes. The case du jour of this predictable conduct is his pledge to donate $1 million to the Harvey aid effort.
Trump Already Reneging On His Pledge
On Thursday, White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed reporters that President Trump would donate $1 million of his “private cash” to Hurricane Harvey victims. However on Friday, her story had modified and she stated she wasn’t so positive.
When requested whether or not the cash can be coming from the president himself or from his basis, in typical Trump administration trend, she dodged giving a solution by saying that she hadn’t “had the prospect” to seek advice from the president about that but, regardless of having already made an announcement concerning the supposed charitable donation the day earlier than.
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This sample of conduct has been properly documented, a lot to recommend that Donald Trump truly has hardly given any cash in any respect to charity through the years, and actually has used his basis as a way to line his personal pockets, to not point out emblazon his fragile ego. Through the presidential marketing campaign final yr Washington Publish reporter David Fahrenthold did a narrative (for which he gained a Pulitzer) on Trump’s claims about donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to veterans teams. Curious to know which teams would or had acquired funds, Fahrenthold referred to as by means of the record of organizations that had allegedly been donated to asking how a lot or whether or not cash had been given. The reply was persistently “none” and “no”. After persistently hounding the marketing campaign, Trump ultimately made a donation.
However his report is obvious, Trump’s tendency to inflate and fabricate his charitable acts is constant together with his temperament. His pathological narcissism manifests itself in lots of ugly methods, regularly, for the entire world to see. Now, as we’ve witnessed again and again, he seeks to take advantage of the ache of hurricane Harvey victims to stroke his personal ego.
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Rio Tazewell is a Washington, DC based mostly coalition organizer/marketing campaign supervisor at Individuals For the American Means, the place he works to confront corruption in its many types, notably the affect of cash in politics. Beforehand he has helped launch startups targeted on civic engagement, sustainability and grassroots advocacy. He additionally enjoys writing and recording political hip hop. All views are his personal.