December 15, 2022

Here's Eric Trump appearing on high-quality Newsmax TV to say how unfair it is that he's persecuted, considering all he's done for this country. Says he “has contributed tens of millions of dollars to the US economy, hires thousands of American workers every single year, lives an honest life. No drugs, no nonsense.”

(Unlike, you know, my father's other son. Nudge nudge, wink wink! Are you listening, Dad?)

I guess it depends on what you mean by "honest." What I remember is that Eric Trump is a little less publicly sleazy than the rest of his family, but a sleazy grifter nonetheless. You are surprised, yes? Via Wikipedia:

In 2016, the fundraising president of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital stated that the Eric Trump Foundation had raised and donated $16.3 million to the hospital since the charity's foundation.[35]

In June 2017, Forbes reported that the Eric Trump Foundation shifted money intended to go to cancer patients to the Trumps' businesses.[36][37][38][39] Eric Trump had asserted that his foundation got to use Trump Organization assets for free ("We get to use our assets 100% free of charge"), but that appears not to be true.

[36] According to Forbes, more than $1.2 million of the donations went to the Trump Organization for the use of Trump's Westchester golf course, and "Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament."[36]

According to a former foundation director, "We did have to cover the expenses. ...The charity had grown so much that the Trump Organization couldn't absorb all of those costs anymore."

[...] Forbes also reported that more than $500,000 of the money donated for cancer patients "was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses."

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