Publisher's Note: One of the most significant things you can do to promote Liberty is to support our mission. Please make your gift to the 2022 Independence Day Campaign today. Thank you! —Mark Alexander, Publisher

Political Editors / June 1, 2016

Trump Mounts Attack to Distract From Vet Donations Story

He criticized the “extremely dishonest” press.

Donald Trump hammered the “extremely dishonest” press at a 40-minute Q&A session he scheduled in response to a Washington Post story investigating the millions of dollars he claimed he raised for veterans in January. For his supporters, who think the Leftmedia is oozing bias and that Republican politicians are too spineless to fight back, this was exactly what they were itching to hear.

Trump told the reporters, “I sent people checks of a lot of money. … And instead of being like, ‘Thank you very much, Mr. Trump,’ or ‘Trump did a good job,’ everyone’s saying: ‘Who got [the money]? Who got it? Who got it?’ And you make me look very bad. I have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job.” Trump went on, saying he wouldn’t stop attacking the press if he were elected president.

In January, Trump campaigned with the “veteran card.” Rather than face his fellow GOP candidates in one televised debate, Trump held a fundraiser a few miles away — at which he admitted, “I didn’t want to be here, I have to be honest.” At the time, he announced he had raised $5 million and thrown in $1 million himself. “Our Veterans have been treated like third-class citizens,” Trump said, “and it is my great honor to support them with this $1 million dollar [sic] contribution.”

Words are different than actions and even before the mainstream media picked up the story, conservative media was pointing out that, weeks later, Trump had not made good on his word. In short: There were legitimate questions. Was Trump honestly trying to help veterans, or was he using them as political puppets to generate goodwill? It wasn’t until after the Washington Post contacted Trump five months later that he started actually donating in earnest to veterans groups, sending about half of the checks to the 26 organizations by overnight express around May 24.

Scott Adams, the creator of the cartoon series “Dilbert,” predicts Trump will win the general election in a landslide because of his persuasive techniques. One of those techniques is not dealing in facts. Instead, he’s directing his audience’s “focus and attention.” Trump successfully turned attention from the millions of dollars that took their sweet time getting to veterans groups and to a narrative about the “dishonest” press.

As commentator Charles Krauthammer observed, “He usually counterattacks against the press, because you can’t lose in doing that — there’s no love lost for the press — and I think he did it effectively.” Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was known for dealing with the press by talking over it and directly to Americans. Trump jumped into the peanut gallery and started a brawl.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.