Trump Uses Foundation For Corporate Settlements, Brags About Using “Other People’s Money”

This morning we learned that Donald Trump has used his charitable foundation — funded by donors other than himself — to settle legal problems for his for-profit company. Previously, it was revealed that Trump has also used his foundation to illegally pay out donations to politicians,” and this latest revelation looks a whole lot like illegal “self-dealing.”

Jump forward a few hours and Trump was back to bragging about — what else — using “other people’s money” for his personal gain:

“It’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business, it’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money.”

Trump seems to think that his sketchy, likely illegal, dealings with his foundation prove he’s commander-in-chief material, but if anything it’s further evidence that he puts his own interests first and is fundamentally unfit for office. 

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Donald Trump Layers Lies On Top Of Lies

Donald Trump shamefully billed an infomercial for his hotel as a press conference this morning, and then, after a stark (alleged) reverse on his racist birther conspiracy theory, he lied twice more and then refused to take any questions from the press.

Matthew Yglesias summarized the event like this:

@mattyglesias: Trump acknowledged no factual error, expressed no remorse, and introduced new misinformation about the subject.

And Trump faced immediate, across the board criticism from the media. Watch more below:

Katy Tur, NBC Correspondent

MSNBC: Trump said “that Hillary Clinton started this, which is not true, and that he ended it, which is also not true.”

Jake Tapper, CNN Anchor

CNN: “It’s hard to imagine this is anything other than a political rickroll.”

Rina Shah, Republican Strategist

Fox News: “He is a serial liar.”

Katy Tur, NBC Correspondent

MSNBC: “He did make a false statement on that stage.”

John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent 

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Trump Attacks Flint Pastor, Lies About Being Booed

This morning, Trump took to Fox and Friends to attack the Flint pastor who yesterday invited him to speak to her church congregation about the Flint water crisis:

She was so nervous, she was like a nervous mess.”

Trump, as is his custom, also found time in the interview to flat-out lie, claiming, “The audience was saying, ‘Let him speak, let him speak,’ the audience was so great” — a claim directly contradicted by an NPR reporter in the room at the time, who reports that the congregation was, in actuality, booing Trump.

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The Detroit News: Trump hits back: Flint pastor was a ‘nervous mess’

NPR: Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor — But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter

Washington Post: Trump calls Flint pastor ‘a nervous mess,’ accuses her of planning to interrupt him

New York Times: Donald Trump, Interrupted. He Calls […]

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Donald Trump just attacked the Flint pastor on Fox

Trump called into Fox and Friends and went after the Flint pastor who invited him to her African American church in Flint and chided him for giving a political speech during his visit.

Trump: “When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. And I said ‘Wow this is sorta strange.’ And then, she came up. So she had that in mind, there was no question about it.”

More Trump: “She was so nervous. She was like a nervous mess. And so I figured something was up. Really.”

WATCH here:

For reference, here’s the Flint pastor yesterday reminding him: “Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not to give a political speech.”

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Ron Johnson’s Shady Campaign Finance History Under Scrutiny, Again

For months, Ron Johnson has faced questions about his shady 2010 campaign finance scheme where, after self-funding his campaign to the tune of $9 million, Johnson was paid $10 million in “deferred compensation” from his company following the election.

Johnson has refused to provide answers about how he seemingly reimbursed himself for money spent on his campaign, and has gotten defensive when asked about the sketchy scenario. Now, it’s even more clear why: the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that the “deferred compensation” package was agreed upon AFTER the election. Read more below:

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Mike Pence doesn’t think KKK Grand Wizard is “deplorable?”

Mike Pence on CNN just refused to call the former grand wizard of the KKK, David Duke, “deplorable.” Donald Trump refused to denounce Duke and his support for his racist, xenophobic campaign and in return, Duke is one of Trump’s strongest defenders — even going as far as telling white voters that voting against Trump is “treason to your heritage.”

On a day when voters are reminded over and over about the racist, white nationalist sentiments of Trump’s campaign, Pence gave us one more reminder that they’re unwilling to denounce neo-Nazis.

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What Hasn’t Trump Apologized For?

For someone so insistent on demanding apologies, Donald Trump, at least by our count, hasn’t apologized for anything.

Here are a few inflammatory, offensive, and flat-out racist things that the man “who like[s] to not regret anything” has yet to apologize for:

1. Maligning immigrants as “rapists” who are “bringing drugs,…crime.”

Refusal to apologize: “I love the Mexican people, but no apology because everything I said is 100 percent correct. All you have to do is read the newspapers.”

2. Mocking a reporter with a disability. 

Refusal to apologize: “I don’t take that back because the person was groveling in terms — if you read his statements about well, did you say this and did you write this paragraph, he was really grasping for straws.” 

3. Disparaging prisoners of war and Senator John McCain for getting “captured.”

Refusal to apologize: “No, not at all…I got a standing ovation, […]

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Trump Pushing More Kremlin Talking Points On DNC Hack?

Three months after Donald Trump openly asked Russia to conduct cyberespionage on a political opponent and meddle in the U.S. election, Trump’s pleading ignorance to the whole ordeal.

At the time Trump also specifically cited Russia as having potentially hacked emails.

But appearing today on Russia’s state-owned RT — a week after Vladimir Putin praised the hack but claimed no involvement — Trump pled ignorance on the hack and as to who was responsible:

“I don’t have any opinion on it. I don’t know anything about it. I don’t know who hacked; I’m not sure who. I mean, you tell me who hacked. Who did the hacking?”

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Watch Trump Brag About Bribing Politicians Again And Again… And Again

Donald Trump has a record of bribing politicians to get what he wants — he’s even said so himself. Trump has spent decades scamming working Americans out of their hard earned money and getting away with it by paying off politicians. Now we know that Trump bribed Attorneys General in Florida and Texas to make their investigations into Trump University disappear. We can’t trust Trump to lead the country when he so brazenly breaks the law and illegally bribes politicians to get his own way.

Here’s Trump in his own words describing how he pays off politicians:

Clear Lake, IA, 1/9/16:

CNN interview, 7/18/15:

Akron, OH, 8/22/16

Fox News Primary Debate, 8/6/15

Fox News Primary Debate, 9/16/15

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Trump’s Staff Of The “Best People” Now Include Bridgegate Plotter

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he only hires the very best people. Apparently he considers Chris Christie’s disgraced former campaign manager and deputy chief of staff one of those people. The Trump campaign has hired Bill Stepien as a National Field Director. Christie claimed to be disturbed by  Stepien’s “callous indifference” in hatching the “Bridgegate” scandal, concerns apparently not shared by the Trump campaign.

Background:

Bill Stepien’s Role In Bridgegate

Stepien Was Central Christie Aide In Government And Campaigns

Bill Stepien Was Christie’s Campaign Manager In 2009. According to the Star-Ledger, “And Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien issued a statement late yesterday saying ‘Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie wants to bring real change to Trenton and that comes with ending politics as usual, which this trip has become a symbol of.’” [Star-Ledger, 1/29/09]

Stepien Was Christie’s Campaign Manager In 2013. According to the Record, “‘He took charge and produced a record of accomplishment, bipartisan reforms and steady leadership […]

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