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Trump Raised $1.5 Million Less for Veterans Than He Claimed

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:48 pm

Well. Exaggeration is part of Trump’s charm, am I right? He told us this in the Art of the Deal. So why should we be surprised to learn that he overstated the amount he raised for veterans?

When Donald Trump skipped a GOP debate in January to host a fundraiser for veterans, he touted its success by citing the $6 million raised for veterans groups. One problem — that figure is inaccurate.

Following the rally in Des Moines, Iowa, the Trump campaign said the event raised $5 million and Trump personally contributed an additional $1 million. But campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN Friday the amount raised was actually less than $6 million.

Lewandowski said he did not “know the exact number” off the top of his head and would confirm the number in coming days. He explained the discrepancy by saying at the time of the rally, Trump believed he had raised $6 million but more money had been pledged than was actually donated.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Lewandowski said the fundraiser actually netted about $4.5 million. Lewandowski told CNN that number is incorrect.

If Corey Lewandowski says it, I believe it!

Speaking of exaggeration: I was amused to see a Trump surrogate downplaying Trump’s . . . exaggerated claims about immigration, in a big way:

The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president doesn’t envision one of Trump’s main campaign promises – a wall at the Mexican border – ever becoming a reality that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

“I have called it a virtual wall,” Rep. Chris Collins said in an interview with The Buffalo News.

“Maybe we will be building a wall over some aspects of it; I don’t know,” the Clarence Republican said of Trump’s proposed barrier to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from crossing the southern border.

Collins, who has become one of the presumptive GOP nominee’s main media surrogates, also cast doubts on another central Trump campaign promise: the candidate’s vow to deport the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants.

“I call it a rhetorical deportation of 12 million people,” Collins said.

He then gestured toward a door in his Capitol Hill office.

“They go out that door, they go in that room, they get their work papers, Social Security number, then they come in that door, and they’ve got legal work status but are not citizens of the United States,” Collins said. “So there was a virtual deportation as they left that door for processing and came in this door.”

So according to this Trump surrogate, Trump’s central claims are pure bullshit.

(ASIDE: Lawyers would call it a “constructive wall” and a “constructive deportation.” You might have to be a lawyer to get the joke, but a law professor once explained to us that a “constructive” anything means that it’s not really that thing.)

Once of the truly curious things about watching Trump’s rise is the way he can say or do literally anything without suffering a hit in his popularity. Imagine Trump himself saying what you just read from the surrogate. Now imagine one of Trump’s biggest fans. Would they be disturbed?

I don’t think they would be.

70 Responses to “Trump Raised $1.5 Million Less for Veterans Than He Claimed”

  1. we don’t need ivy league trash we need mr. trump and ok he’s wharton school but he just doesn’t seem ivy league to me

    we don’t need goldy sacky and ok mr. trump’s finance guy may be one of those but it seems different somehow

    he’s self funding or at least he was and i can hold on to those memories

    we just can’t afford to have the pee-stank whore on account of how old she is so give us mr. trump who admittedly is also that old and smells of pee and desperation and neediness but still i like him more better

    and of course it will be a virtual wall and rhetorical deportation but when did the canadian guy ever stand up to those whores in congress

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  2. LOL! It seems like everyone is speaking fluent happyfeet these days.

    norcal (fa9ff6)

  3. Let’s blast away some fog. Your link tracks back to the Buffalo News where a report is stitched together from tidbits combed over a considerable stretch of time. Out of context, mislabeled, false, deliberate.

    The Buffalo News Endorses Hillary Clinton For President in 2016. (YouTube)

    Say. That’s this year’s election.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  4. The Buffalo News Endorses Andrew Cuomo

    I’m starting to sense a pattern.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  5. I’m starting to sense a pattern.

    papertiger (c2d6da) — 5/21/2016 @ 1:18 am

    Of course you are. You can sense all sorts of patterns. Unless, of course, those patterns cast doubt on Donald Trump’s veracity.


    L.N. Smithee (472caf)

  6. The only thing keeping Trump afloat is the belief that he will follow through on his immigration bravado. Without it, he’s another GoPe. Without it, he is the perfect GoPe candidate. Promises red meat, but delivers tofu.

    Would be the official end of the party.

    NJRob (a07d2e)

  7. Deportation=amnesty.
    Orwell triumphs.

    kishnevi (294553)

  8. So now you believe corey, grasping at straws much?

    narciso (732bc0)

  9. ? If Lewandowski does not speak for Trump, who does? John Miller?

    nk (dbc370)

  10. Those who talk of building walls
    Roll their sh!t in little balls.
    Those who believe the wall’s legit
    Eat those little balls of sh!t.
    — The Outhouse Poet

    John Hitchcock (78e0b4)

  11. Now wait a cotton picking minute. There was all manner of stories when Der Dump did his “I care for Veterans” stunt, all of which explained he raise zero, zilch, Nada, nothing, the sum total of Y multiplied by 0 for veterans. But by God did he raise cash for himself with the buying of all these suckers. Of course it was the pajama media (you know the “untrained” journalists that have done the investigation stuff) which found that his website for donations to veterans actually was donation to Der Dump. That when the media was presented this, they “Pahrump! You don’t have a college degree in journalism ergo your information is bogus” attitude popped up. Now all of a sudden the big time media has found religious beliefs in the wrong that is Trump? Sorry, but they are a day late and a dollar short on stopping this runaway train they tactfully approved of.

    Charles (3cf0f0)

  12. Paper Tiger: good post about the Buffalo News.The old editor,Mrs. M. Sullivan,went to her new job as an editor for The New York Times.Moreover,the News main stories are either Washington Post and/or New York Times.

    mike191 (4c004d)

  13. Maybe they should investigate how Hillary managed to raise a fortune of over 140 million and apply her money making abilities to the Trump/veterans fund. I figure it’s nothing short of miraculous that a woman who has had mostly government jobs that never paid more than $186,600 a year amassed such wealth and yet campaigns against the 1%. You think Trump’s a liar? This woman has been lying to and stealing from the taxpayer for decades. If she becomes President I bet she becomes the first President in history to become a billionaire in office. And Chelsea will make another great Sec. of State.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (734193)

  14. They all cashed in on speaking fees, even Reagan. But Billy outdid them all, by a large margin. (Being the Daily Beast, the bad stuff about Republicans is on top and you have to read on down for Clinton.)

    nk (dbc370)

  15. Trump is a constructive Republican.

    DRJ (15874d)

  16. It’s not surprising that Trump’s rally raised less than what was pledged. People mean well but sometimes their desire to help others exceeds their ability. But it’s sad that Trump will not be transparent about it. It’s another way he’s like Obama.

    DRJ (15874d)

  17. Trump is keeping his word to the NYT editorial board regarding stumbling away from the yokel bait once the hook was well set. The YUUUGE automatic revolving doors in the Great Wall of Trump were always included in the original design but the yokels focused on the massive deportation promise which will prove even less reliable than the incredible shrinking $6 million.

    He certainly knows his suckers.

    Rick Ballard (97c612)

  18. The dollars raised will continue to be revised downward to account for the money stolen.

    Mike (6cce3b)

  19. You think Trump’s a liar?

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (734193) — 5/21/2016 @ 7:12 am

    I don’t “think” Trump’s a liar. I KNOW Trump’s a liar. And so do you.

    I suppose you are also falling for that crapola about how being President will actually cost him money after four or eight years rather because it’ll be a pay cut, or because he won’t accept a salary. Somehow, the only man who came into a Presidential campaign race talking about how greedy he is will be happy to leave the post without trying to vault himself over every billionaire who’s ever lived.

    But “Waaaah, the devil we know is really devilish! Let’s go with the devil we don’t know!” Puhleeze. I know you’re waiting for Trump to check the necessary boxes (in pencil) so you can claim redeeming values in him, but don’t make a fool of yourself making believe this doesn’t confirm unheeded warnings.

    L.N. Smithee (e92da8)

  20. What other billionaire ever won the POTUS?

    That is an odd thing. In a republic based on free enterprise, self determination, where it is claimed that money in politics is a great evil, that there is not one example of ….

    Like in South America, Venezuela and the like, you look through the CIA fact book, more often than not the wealthiest person and the President of the country are the same person.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  21. LN,

    MD in Philly (64f9f9)

  22. The chabez, the correa bros, the Castro’s,they make the nation their nest egg.

    narciso (b863a7)

  23. Oops
    I agree with the part about the devils,
    But I am not making a fool of myself making up redeeming qualities.
    How about:

    MD in Philly (64f9f9)

  24. What other casino-owner ever won the POTUS? What other Slovenian “model” ever became First Lady? What other time in history has the collective IQ of Republican primary voters ever been so low?

    nk (dbc370)

  25. JFK may have been a billionaire (in millions as of 2010). His wealth originated with Daddy, too, and look how well that worked — especially when it came to foreign policy.

    DRJ (15874d)

  26. After making those comments, Collins said Trump would surely disagree with them.

    “I’m not speaking for Donald,” Collins said. “Those were my opinions.”

    Collins’ comments came in an interview about the areas of policy disagreement between the New York billionaire businessman and the second-term congressman, who has gone on television dozens of times in recent months to defend the candidate.


    happyfeet (831175)

  27. The Roosevelts too?

    Martin Van Buren had hair like Trump’s but hairspray had not been invented yet so it just hung down around his head.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. So, The Donald touted the gross figure, and Lewandowski gave us the net;
    who got the vig?

    askeptic (bfa00e)

  29. That’s why DRJ is always a challenge. My tendency would be to point out that the only job JFK’s ever had was running for office. Even his stint in the Navy was a calculated move to make him electable. Where do you think John Kerry got the idea?

    But then the thought that DRJ compares Trump favorably to JFK. Oh Camelot! Be still my heart. /s

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  30. And Hillary needs a No-No for her moustache and sideburns.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (734193)

  31. They are alike, papertiger, and there are other similarities. Both have a charisma that appeals to their core constituencies, both objectify and discard women, both know how to use people, and both have complex family relationships. They are natural politicians.

    DRJ (15874d)

  32. A wall that isn’t really a wall? Some of those Trumpers, especially the skinheads and the Klansmen are going to be really sore when they learn they were sold a bill of goods. Oh well. That’s on them.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  33. And Hillary needs a No-No for her moustache and sideburns.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (734193) — 5/21/2016 @ 9:48 am

    Not the reason why I keep calling her Sir Hillary, but somehow it all works.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  34. Sorry DRJ but if Trump discarded women or even acted like he owned them, we would have a line of p.o.ed ex-trumpets taking turns at bat knocking out the legs from under him.

    His ex wives all endorse him as being a great pick for the Presidency.

    Objectified and discarded women don’t do that.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  35. Good catch Mr. Foot.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  36. That’s hilarious, papertiger. Is there nothing you won’t believe or say?

    DRJ (15874d)

  37. Listen to yourself. And you think Ted Cruz is a liar.

    DRJ (15874d)

  38. Mr. Trump for sure is the feel-good hit of the summer

    happyfeet (831175)

  39. First JFK, now the Times. Jees.

    Are you threatening a party switch?

    What was that Senator’s name….

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  40. You going Arlen Spector on us?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  41. Say anything you want about Arlen, that dude could tap dance.

    Like the black guy on the Lawrence Welk show.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  42. Trump is an East Coast, Ivy League elite who winters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. JFK was an East Coast, Ivy League elite who wintered in Palm Beach. They both depended on Daddy and were serial womanizers. Trump will be talking about the new Camelot if he wins, just as you are. He will throw lavish parties for foreign dignitaries and think that constitutes a successful foreign policy. He may or may not be better than Hillary but stop deluding yourself that he cares about you.

    DRJ (15874d)

  43. Let alone that he cares about saving America. He couldn’t even save his own casinos.

    DRJ (15874d)

  44. Lookie here.

    His [FDR’s] paternal family had become prosperous early on in New York real estate and trade, and much of his immediate family’s wealth had been built by FDR’s maternal grandfather, Warren Delano, Jr., in the China trade, including opium and tea.[8]

    Was hatched filthy disgustingly rich on grampappy’s opium smuggling business. Then has the farking nerve to put on aires, like he’s the high and mighty. To this day New England is plagued by that guy’s dope peddling.

    Not the good happy friendly type of dope, that you can sleep off and hold a yob on the next day, but the horse. Smack. The big H. Needle jockeys living in flop houses on pee stank mattresses. That’s where Roosevelt got his money.

    I want to dig up his bones and kill him again.


    papertiger (c2d6da)

  45. he’s a good good man he’s just not your cup of tea

    we get that

    but he’s better than a sharp stick in the eye or getting peed on by a nasty old woman

    trump’s been around the whirl and he he he

    he can’t find his baby

    happyfeet (831175)

  46. oh for the love of them tasty horseradish pickles i got a jewel i got filtrated

    happyfeet (831175)

  47. Yeah. I’ll say anything.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  48. For clarity’s sake, it’s not that you link the splashy attack ad provided pro bono as an undeclared contribution to the Clinton campaign that bothers me.

    It’s that you link a thoroughly discredited debunked exploded splashy attack ad from the Times to throw at me, like I’m a nubie you can slide a fast one by on.

    That’s insulting.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  49. Did the New York Times want to make Trump look bad? Absolutely, but Trump ogled a girl half his sge, asked her to change into a bikini the moment he met her, and then called her a “Trump girl” as he paraded her around the pool. Even the Times can hit that one out of the park.

    DRJ (15874d)

  50. And the story wasn’t debunked. The Trump girl said she didn’t feel like it was a nevasive experience. In other words, it was true but she liked it.

    DRJ (15874d)

  51. Negative experience.

    DRJ (15874d)

  52. I’m curious, papertiger. Are facts negotiable depending on the source? Because you certainly didn’t feel that way with Cruz and the National Enquirer.

    DRJ (15874d)

  53. As for Trump and his ladies, he knows how to attract gullible, needy people.

    DRJ (15874d)

  54. By the way, I’m not trying to change your or anyone’s mind about Trump. Neither is likely but I’m more likely to change my mind and vote for Trump than his supporters are to give up on him. I just want you to admit what you are voting for. He is a horrible bet in a race where there are no good choices.

    DRJ (15874d)

  55. All I’m saying is I insulted Texas once within eyeshot, and look at the umbrage!

    We aren’t looking across the desk at each other in divorce court. We argued over custody of children or property. We’ve never even met.

    Defense rests, yur Honor.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  56. Sorry about that Texas thing, DRJ.

    It’s preseason.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  57. ummmmmm


    papertiger (c2d6da)

  58. I have no idea what you are saying.

    DRJ (15874d)

  59. Okay. What I am saying is where is the umbrage?

    His ex girlfriends like him still. Their husbands go on golf outings with him.

    He’s their favorite guy.
    A while back the Times and others made hay of the fact that Trump’s daughter by Marla Maples wasn’t able to vote for him. The part they left out is Tiffany Trump doesn’t politic. She hangs out with the rich kids at the hotel pool, as near as I can tell.
    Just like the Hilton girl but without the notoriety.

    (assuming the Hilton girl doesn’t do politics – maybe she’s done a PETA poster. I don’t follow her.)

    If he had insulted or slighted any of these women in his life, where is it?
    Where is the umbrage?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  60. Tiffany Trump Graduates from University of Pennsylvania with Dad Donald, Mom Marla Maples and Siblings Ivanka and Barron by Her Side

    So she does do something, beside hanging out at the pool.

    There goes my WH invitation.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  61. Trump doesn’t poll well with women because he treats them like sex objects. That the women and children he supports — lavishly — say they don’t mind being treated that way is fine for them. It’s fine for Trump when he’s a private citizen. But it’s not fine for Trump the President. It reminds me of Obama constantly demeaning cops who arrest/shoot blacks. It shows they both believe some people are second-class citizens.

    DRJ (15874d)

  62. Where is the umbrage? There she is.

    I’d be insulted if someone said I loved dad because of his money. Maybe it’s different with girls.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  63. I didn’t say they loved him for his money. I trust they love him for him. But they might not criticize him because Trump has a history of cutting off family members who cross him.

    What makes Trump supporters look like a cult is that they spin everything into a compliment, even Trump’s clearly immoral actions. I think it’s because his supporters want a ruthless, immoral President who will get even with the Left. But will he? Or will be do more of the same GOP deals? Because Trump + the GOP establishment would be unstoppable.

    DRJ (15874d)

  64. 45.
    More likely, Delano sold opium to the Chinese and used the proceeds to buy tea which he brought back to America. IOW he was supplying Chinese junkies, not American.

    They want an alpha male, in stark contrast to the current President.

    kishnevi (93670d)

  65. kish a case for the healing word “and”.

    The best move that Trump made up to this point.


    papertiger (c2d6da)

  66. Anyone have an opinion?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  67. Papertiger. I can only assume you were being sarcastic when you suggest we would have already seen a “line of p.o.ed ex-[S]trumpets taking turns at bat knocking out the legs from under him.”

    There are many positive comments about Trump’s use of sharp lawyers to ensure people toe the line with business matters. Is it too far of a stretch to suggest that Trump has all his ex-strumpets scared by same sharp lawyers. As far as family, present and ex, goes. I assume they are all working for Trump in some way, and therefore bound by iron clad no bad words contracts.

    “34. Sorry DRJ but if Trump discarded women or even acted like he owned them, we would have a line of p.o.ed ex-trumpets taking turns at bat knocking out the legs from under him.His ex wives all endorse him as being a great pick for the Presidency.Objectified and discarded women don’t do that.”

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