Your read of the day.
The Washington Post took a detailed look at Donald Trump’s charitable giving, diving into 93 pages of contributions compiled by his campaign.
Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money.
Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.
Like in everything else, Trump gilds the truth, and where there’s no truth to gild, he manufactures it out of whole cloth.
In addition, many of the gifts on the list came from the charity that bears his name, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which didn’t receive a personal check from Trump from 2009 through 2014, according to the most recent public tax filings. Its work is largely funded by others, although Trump decides where the gifts go.
Some beneficiaries on the list are not charities at all: They included clients, other businesses and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
He treats the Trump Foundation like it was his own money (it’s not).
The Trump Foundation gave out $591,000 in 2014.
“He’s using [the foundation] as a kind of checkbook, with other people’s money,” Leslie Lenkow sky, a faculty member at Indiana University’s school of philanthropy, said after The Post described the recipients of the Trump Foundation’s gifts.
“Not a good model. It’s not wrong. It’s not unique. But it’s poor philanthropy.”
A poor philanthropist, a poor businessman, and he will make a poor president.