Donald Trump has made a big show of his support for veterans as part of his campaign for president. His protest of the Republican presidential debate showcased veterans and claimed to be standing up to Fox News for being treated unfairly by the network. This may seem like a generous giving of himself to an important issue that politicians from both parties haven’t given enough attention to.
While we don’t know what veterans’ charity this money is supposed to go to, Donald Trump’s record on the issue is easily accessible, thanks to the Internet.
A couple of decades back, Donald Trump complained bitterly to the State of New York, as well as the city, about homeless veterans – because he thought they were hurting his property values.
Via the New York Daily News:
“While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to do so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?” Trump wrote in a 1991 letter to John Dearie, then-chairman of the state Assembly’s Committee on Cities.
“Do we allow Fifth Ave., one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?” Trump demanded.
New York’s original peddling exceptions for veterans date back to 1894 — created to give those disabled during the Civil War a chance to support themselves. (Source)
His narcissistic speech about himself and the media was interrupted by a protest, as well as claims of people he knows donating large sums of money to the charity that was just set up.
This alleged fundraiser was little more than a campaign speech designed to hurt Fox News’ ratings, and make himself look like a hero for the veterans he once denounced for hurting property values in New York. As The Daily Beast notes, this anger about homeless veterans peddling their wares on Fifth Avenue wasn’t a one-time thing.
If you can’t see through this sham that is Donald Trump’s claim of support for veterans, I don’t know what else to tell you. This entire speech was nothing but a self-congratulatory campaign speech in which Trump spent more time bragging about himself and the money that he has turned down.
This wasn’t about veterans, this was a separate debate event in which Trump had nobody to confront him or call him out on his bullshit. At least Rachel Maddow and MSNBC had the sense to cut away from him, but Donald Trump’s supporters won’t have the sense to realize that he played them and the media for fools.