These people are unbelievable

As my colleague Matthew Rozsa notes, closing the charity won’t be so simple, given that the foundation is still under investigation by the New York attorney general’s office and can’t be dissolved until that inquiry wraps up. But let’s take a step back and grapple with the broader argument Trump is making: As the incoming president, he has to close his charity to head off the appearance of conflicts. For anyone else, this would be a prudent measure and a show of commitment to ethical governing principles. For Trump, however, it’s just another lie.

The Clinton Foundation was going to close as Hills won, was it?

17 comments on “These people are unbelievable

  1. Next thing is to check where the money from the two foundations was spent.

    Any bets on which foundation will look better than the other?

  2. the Donald Trump Foundation, his unorthodox charity that has faced persistent allegations of corruption and self-dealing.

    Eh. Persistent since Trump decided to run for office as a Republican. Much like the persistent allegations that he’s a racistsexistHitler, which were entirely unsuspected before June 2015.

    Astonishing how that terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad Trump managed to fly under the radar until he was 69 years old. Must’ve been his famously reclusive, introverted ways that threw people off.

    As my colleague Matthew Rozsa notes, closing the charity won’t be so simple, given that the foundation is still under investigation by the New York attorney general’s office

    Two things to note here:

    1) the NY attorney general is a Democratic politician who endorsed Hillary for president.

    2) the allegation against Trump’s charity is that it didn’t fill in the right form to solicit donations from the public. Uh… take THAT, bigots!

    No doubt they’re hoping to find some good dirt on Trump, but all that’s been revealed about the Foundation is penny-ante stuff and manufactured outrage.

    Meanwhile, poor-but-honest Hillary Clinton’s foundation suffered from a sudden collapse in donations from foreign dictators and petrostates who have apparently decided they’re no longer interested in funding school lunches for underprivileged American kids.

  3. Salon might as well be run off on a hand-cranked Gestetner machine and handed out at railway stations for all the resemblance it bears to actual journalism.

  4. And that is exactly a part of the genius of Trump’s candidacy. There’s nothing, nothing at all that could be said as him as a criticism that didn’t apply tenfold to either Hillary or Bill.

  5. BiCR: Just mentioning Gestetner brings back happy memories of floating away on duplicator fluid, and the onomatopoeic sound it made as you cranked it, gestetner, gestetner, gestetner, gestetner… 🙂

  6. As the incoming president, he has to close his charity to head off the appearance of conflicts. For anyone else, this would be a prudent measure and a show of commitment to ethical governing principles.

    That is why Hillary wasn’t trading cattle futures when Bill was in office, right? Because the appearance of a conflict of interest is such a bad thing, no?

    It is a good thing they have double standards or they would have no standards at all.

  7. By the way, top marks to Amanda for arguing that “White genocide” is mythical and the man who called for White genocide was not actually calling for White genocide.

    She surpasses herself this time. A late entry into the Dumbest of 2016 but a strong contender nonetheless.

  8. . . . given that the foundation is still under investigation by the New York attorney general’s office and can’t be dissolved until that inquiry wraps up.

    He’s correct about this and completely wrong at the same time.

    The charity could cease to *act* – stop taking donations, stop operations, lay off all but a tiny little caretaker staff – without needing to be formally dissolved.

    This is obviously a separate issue from whether or not the charity should or should not be dissolved at all and the immense brass balls and hypocrisy it takes to say in public that Trump’s charity is a conflict of interest waiting to happen but Clinton’s had no way to influence her at all during the *decades* of government work she’s been doing.

  9. @wiggia: Salon is what happens when you remove the last few remaining brain cells from The Guardian. It is unfathomably stupid.

  10. By the way, top marks to Amanda for arguing that “White genocide” is mythical …

    I also loved her insinuation that the Berlin market attack wasn’t designed to kill White Christians.

    WTFF does she think the bugger was trying for? Berlin’s thriving community of Ahmadiyya gluhwein sellers?

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