Surprise! Donald Trump does not put his money where his mouth is on electoral “fraud”

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These two paragraphs from the Washington Post are both unsurprising and deeply disturbing:

Former President Donald Trump’s political PAC raised around $ 75 million in the first half of this year as it trumpeted the misconception that the 2020 election was stolen from it, but the group did not spend in funds to help fund the review of the current Arizona poll or lobby for similar efforts in other states, according to people familiar with the finances.

Instead, Save America’s executive PAC – which has few limits on how it can spend its money – paid for some of the former president’s travel, legal fees, and staff, as well as other expenses, according to people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the inner workings of the group.The PAC kept much of its money.

Add yet another piece of evidence to this reality about Donald Trump and those around him: it is – and always has been – a scam. Trump realized early on as a candidate that he could separate people from their money by promising them the world. And that, except in rare cases, he could then do whatever he wanted with what he raised because people weren’t penalizing him for breaking his promises.

The formation and execution of Trump’s PAC Save America is a perfect illustration of Trump’s fundamental scam.

He was initially formed – in the immediate wake of Trump’s loss in 2020 – to apparently raise funds to finance various electoral challenges across the country. In the days following the formation of the PAC, Trump’s team sent out over 100 email solicitations about him – the vast majority focused on the invented idea that he had been cheated on to victory. One, sent in mid-November, called on “every Patriot… to help DEFEND the integrity” of the election.

The PAC quickly raised tens of millions of dollars. But, instead of spending some of that money on costly recount efforts in places like Arizona and Michigan, Trump instead chose to use it for his own trips across the country as well as store the big one. majority of funds as a way to retain political power in the 2022 midterm elections and possibly the 2024 presidential race.

As the Post’s Josh Dawsey and Rosalind Helderman write:

“While diligently following attempts by his allies to question the integrity of last year’s election, Trump was unwilling to fund the efforts personally, relying on other entities and supporters to fund. the efforts, [the sources] noted.”

All of this raises an obvious question: if Trump truly believes that a) the election was stolen and b) evidence of that fact could be revealed in these various counting attempts across the country, then why would he not be willing? to put his money where is his mouth? If the proof he needs to be reinstated is somewhere in America, wouldn’t he spend every penny he had – or, more precisely, every penny he was given after the election – to find out?

Unless – and stay with me here – Trump knows that voter fraud is itself a fraud, a fraud he commits to train President Joe Biden while keeping his own chances of running and winning high again. .

Of course, someone who would take advantage of people – and endanger the very pillars of democracy – solely for personal gain would not really be a leader, and certainly not presidential material.

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