Billionaire media slut Donald Trump’s not-so-earth-shattering announcement yesterday that he will donate $5 million to a charity of President Barack Obama’s choice if the president releases his college transcripts was essentially brushed off by the White House as the shameless PR stunt that it is.
Fox News described the offer as an act of “philanthropic extortion.”
Even the president laughed it off during an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night.
In other words, no charity will see the money The Donald dangled in front of them. But that’s not the president’s fault, that’s because Donald Trump is a stingy, carnival-barking phony.
In the past 21 years, Trump’s foundation has donated a grand total of $7.7 million to charity, according to an April 2011 article posted on The Smoking Gun, in which the website declares Trump to be “the least charitable billionaire.”
Of that $7.7 million, only $3.7 million was taken from Trump’s personal fortune, which is estimated to be roughly $3.1 billion.
charities that Trump suggested the president choose to send the donation
includes AIDS and cancer research centers, and to “inner-city kids in
But they won’t see a penny of that money — despite desperately needing it, we’re sure.
In contrast, other billionaires — like Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and even New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg — shed much of their excess cash by giving it to charitable groups. In fact, Bloomberg has given more than $350 million to his charitable organization.
Billionaire Warren Buffet, as you may know, gave $1.5 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006. And — believe it or not — he’s still filthy stinkin’ rich.
There’s nothing stopping Trump from just donating that
money to a charity of his choice and not use the cash to extort the leader of the free world. He clearly has the money — he’s
offering to do it. But he won’t — because he’s Donald Trump.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 25, 2012