Despite the fact that there’s not a single piece of evidence linking Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation to any sort of scandalous or unethical behavior that conspiracy theorists have tried to claim exists, the media continues to shape this idea that there’s something there… even though there’s nothing. The general consensus by many people is that this foundation is nothing but a front for some shady international crime ring run by the Clintons because that’s what the media has made a lot of money suggesting it could be — despite the fact that the foundation has an A-rating and spends 89 percent of all the money it raises on charitable causes.
However, those indisputable facts are rarely mentioned.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his foundation are shrouded in mystery with quite a few actual links to unethical behavior — but that’s gotten a fraction of the attention the Clinton Foundation has received.
Just recently the Washington Post published a scathing investigation claiming that Trump used $258,000 from his charity to pay for his own personal legal fees. By the way, he hasn’t donated to it in eight years.
A man who refuses to release his tax returns, who has a less than ethical history when it comes to business practices, is being accused of using over a quarter million dollars of money raised by his charity to pay for personal legal fees — and it’s not getting near the same media attention it would get if this were Clinton being accused of doing the very same thing from her foundation.
If this were a report linking Clinton to basically embezzling funds from a charity to pay for personal expenses, the media circus that would follow would be unprecedented.
Though I was glad to see MSNBC’s Brian Williams call Mike Pence out on this legitimate scandal. The vice presidential candidate desperately tried to defend Trump, only to fail miserably at doing so.
After Williams asked Pence to back up claims by Trump that this report is filled with inaccurate information — he couldn’t cite a single thing.
“Well, I think what we found is that there is a number of factual errors in that story as there were in previous stories about the Trump Foundation,” Pence said. “I’m confident they’ll be able to address those and demonstrate that they fully complied with the law.”
“To back up quick here for just a minute,” Williams replied. “Do you know what the factual errors are that the campaign is alleging in the Washington Post story?”
“Well, I think the foundation will be able to lay those out,” Pence said. “There were errors in the previous Washington Post stories, and, you know, look, you know me a while, Brian. I strongly support a free and independent press. People are entitled to ask questions, and I’m sure the Trump Foundation and the Trump family will continue to be able to answer those questions.”
In other words, despite staunchly proclaiming that this report is filled with inaccuracies, he couldn’t name a single thing. That means he was either saying it’s inaccurate just to say it’s inaccurate because that’s what he was told to say, or Trump’s campaign really can’t prove that anything listed in the Washington Post’s report is false.
Then again, this is what Trump and his campaign always do. They attack reporters, the media and anyone who exposes lies or unethical behavior — then offer nothing but “because we said so” as “evidence” to discredit those using actual evidence to report on something they’ve said or done.
Let’s not forget that, to this day, Trump claims he always opposed the war in Iraq, despite the fact that there’s audio evidence from 2002 where he clearly didn’t; he’s criticized Clinton for being part of the decision to remove Gaddafi from power when he posted on his on video blog that he thought we should do exactly that; claims he witnessed “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in the streets of New Jersey on 9/11, even though that never happened; and claimed he can’t release his tax returns because they’re being audited, even though the IRS has confirmed he’s full of shit on that as well.
Donald Trump has built a campaign based on the premise that facts and reality aren’t all that important. They literally just say… whatever, claim it’s fact, say that there’s evidence to support whatever it is they’re saying — then never actually provide any sources or proof that the evidence they claim exists is actually true.
While I’m sure Trump and his campaign are going to continue to claim that this investigation is baseless and completely untrue, I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that they’ll never provide a single shred of evidence to prove anything that they’re saying.
Watch the interview via MSNBC below:
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