SOFREP’s Jack Murphy is catching some heat for going after Donald Trump following the presidential candidate’s sudden move to join the “veteran charity” bandwagon. Trump skipped last night’s GOP debate so he could instead hold a special veterans event. Substantiating the claim that Trump was using veterans to boost his own image, evidence recently emerged that the donaldtrumpforvets.com domain was only registered on January 28, 2016—two days ago.
Furthermore, Trump’s philanthropic track record has not been kind to veterans’ causes over the years.
As reported last October, “The Donald J. Trump Foundation has donated $5.5 million to 298 charities between 2009 and 2013 (the most recent year available), according to the non-profit’s 990 tax forms from those years. Of that, only $57,000 has been donated to seven organizations that directly benefit military veterans or their families, Forbes found. Wounded Warriors was not among the organizations Trump’s foundation gave to in that time period.”
That is less than one percent of donations that went to support veterans. In contrast, up to $250,000 was given to the Clinton Foundation during that same timeframe.
Will stunts like this be enough to halt the lead that Trump has been enjoying in the polls? He certainly isn’t doing himself any favors with veterans in the process.