Here is your Wednesday briefing on the Hairnado Cheeto Jesus known as Donald J. Trump.
Despite constantly promising to self-fund his campaign, and more specifically give $100 million of his own money, The Washington Post reports that has not and will not happen. As of Friday, Trump has given about $66 million in cash and in-kind contributions. However, the campaign has spent $9.6 million at Trump branded properties through October 15th, all of which has been reimbursed. He still has a few days left, but any self-made contribution over $1,000 will trigger an automatic report with the FEC.
The FBI announced that although investigations are ongoing, so far they have not found any definitive link between the Russian government and Trump. They also think the email hack of the Democratic Party was done to disrupt the election in general, not specifically to elect Trump.
Trump showed off his remarkable lack of understanding at how passing a bill works by declaring at a rally that he would “ask Congress to convene a special session so that we can repeal and replace [ObamaCare]” immediately upon taking office.
At a rally in Wisconsin, Trump urged early voters who voted for Clinton to go back and change their ballot to vote for him. (This is legal in some states.)
The Crusader, the official newspaper of the KKK, endorsed Trump for President. He finally got one!
In 1996, in true The Donald fashion, he crashed a charity event with which he had no ties.
In the fall of 1996, a charity called the Association to Benefit Children held a ribbon-cutting in Manhattan for a new nursery school serving children with AIDS. The bold-faced names took seats up front.
There was then-Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (R) and former mayor David Dinkins (D). TV stars Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford, who were major donors. And there was a seat saved for Steven Fisher, a developer who had given generously to build the nursery.
Then, all of a sudden, there was The Donald.
“Nobody knew he was coming,” said Abigail Disney, another donor sitting on the dais. “There’s this kind of ruckus at the door, and I don’t know what was going on, and in comes Donald Trump. [He] just gets up on the podium and sits down.”
Trump was not a major donor. He was not a donor, period. He’d never given a dollar to the nursery or the Association to Benefit Children, according to Gretchen Buchenholz, the charity’s executive director then and now.
But now he was sitting in Fisher’s seat, next to Giuliani.
“Frank Gifford turned to me and said, ‘Why is he here?’ ” Buchenholz recalled recently. By then, the ceremony had begun. There was nothing to do.
“Just sing past it,” she recalled Gifford telling her.
So they warbled into the first song on the program, “This Little Light of Mine,” alongside Trump and a chorus of children — with a photographer snapping photos, and Trump looking for all the world like an honored donor to the cause.
Afterward, Disney and Buchenholz recalled, Trump left without offering an explanation. Or a donation. Fisher was stuck in the audience. The charity spent months trying to repair its relationship with him.
“I mean, what’s wrong with you, man?” Disney recalled thinking of Trump, when it was over. (Source)
CNN confirmed the FBI has been conducting multiple investigations of alleged connections between Russia and Trump, his campaign, or his backers. Included in this is Roger Stone and his relationship to Wikileaks.
Libertarian VP candidate William Weld broke with his running mate and denounced Trump while praising Clinton. Although he did not endorse her, he did tell Rachel Maddow the following:
“I’ve known her for 40 years. I’ve worked with her. I know her well, professionally,” Weld said. “I know her well personally. I know her to be a person of high moral character, a reliable person and an honest person, however so much Mr. Trump may rant and rave to the contrary. So, I’m happy to say that, and people can make their own choices.”
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