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Being the good guy you wish you never weren’t

Generic image with ferretI’m keeping my pledge to ignore Donald Trump, but I’m not ignoring the chorus of voices on Twitter saying #ThanksDonald for dropping that silly demand for Obama’s college records and passport, and giving the $5 million to help disaster relief on the east coast of the US ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Now if it were only true.

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15 Responses to Being the good guy you wish you never weren’t

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    Scientist October 31, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Especially given that 2 of the worst affected places NYC and Atlantic City are where Trump made most of his fortune. He even clams to have been born in one of them (not that the pdfs he posted of supposed birth certificates really prove that).

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Is it evil of me to be extremely apathetic to his plight, if the storm had somehow irreparably damaged his financial empire?

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    Birther Weary October 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I doubt very much that Trump has $5 million. Just another stupid game by the balding blowhard.

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    Zixi of Ix October 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    The decent thing would be to donate the money to charity quietly, without much fanfare.

    Crowing in the marketplace that you’ve donated money and making a huge political point of the exercise is tasteless, crass, and goes directly against what the Bible says, if such things are important to Donald Trump.

    I can guess which path Trump will take, if he donates anything at all.

    I seriously doubt that Donald Trump has 5 million dollars to donate.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG October 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Zixi of Ix:
    The decent thing would be to donate the money to charity quietly, without much fanfare.

    Exactly. You see someone pan-handling in front of the grocery store, you go in, buy them something, bring it out to them and that’s that. You don’t go advertising it to everyone in a 3 mile radius.

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    RetiredLawyer October 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Is that the reason that I’ve not heard a word from RMoney that he, personally, has donated anything to the Red Cross. Although I’ve seen a whole lot of him asking other people (with a whole lot less money) to donate. (snark)

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    US Citizen October 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Birther Weary:
    I doubt very much that Trump has $5 million. Just another stupid game by the balding blowhard.

    According to celebritynetworth.com, Donald Trump is worth $2.9 billion dollars.

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    Zixi of Ix October 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    US Citizen: According to celebritynetworth.com, Donald Trump is worth $2.9 billion dollars.

    Forbes says it’s a whole lot less.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerenblankfeld/2011/04/28/donald-trump-on-his-brand-value-forbes-numbers-are-ridiculous/

    The thing is, he’s declared bankruptcy so many times, at least four, so he has no problem running up billions in debt and then weaselling out of it.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2011/04/29/fourth-times-a-charm-how-donald-trump-made-bankruptcy-work-for-him/

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    Scientist October 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I certainly think private charity is a wonderful thing and I would happily applaud Trump or anyone else who stepped up to the plate. But the real need, in view of the ever-increasing frequency of such disasters, is for collective action (federal, state and local, with as much private participation as possible) to strengthen our infrastructure and make it as disaster-resistant as possible. And that means raising the revenue from folks like Trump and his pal Mitt (and some from the rest of us too) that will be needed to make US infrastructure fit for the challenges of the 21st century (a project which will,of course, be a terrific job creator). And, dare I say it, action to mitigate the effects of cimate change. Not only everyone’s welfare, but the security of Trump’s properties, many of which are quite vulnerable, as we see, depends on it.

    So, if “the Donald” wants to stop being seen as a clown, maybe he should consider leading on something far more important to everyone, including himself, than where a particular person was born.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG October 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh, if Dolan didn’t want to be seen as a clown, he would stop talking completely.

    Birfers: Say Dolan, are you trying to trick me again?
    Dolan: Birfers pls.

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    LW October 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    What’s notable about this meme is that it’s ostensibly appealing to the sense of shame of the person with the most atrophied sense of shame yet measured by science.

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    Birther Weary October 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    US Citizen: According to celebritynetworth.com, Donald Trump is worth $2.9 billion dollars.

    Net worth and free cash are two different things.

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    katahdin October 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Maybe the twitteratti are trying to create a sense of inevitability, reasoning that if they keep saying that Trump donated the money and praising him for it, he’ll feel compelled to actually donate the money to keep the praise coming. After all, a more accolade-hungry individual than Trump has never drawn breath.

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    Birther Weary October 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Does anybody have an actual example of Trump ever donating a sum this large to any organization not associated with Trump?

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    sfjeff November 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Here is my thought- if Trump really had $5 million dollars that he was willing to give to charity- instead of prolonging this chump challenge, he would be in front of camera’s today in New York City announcing his donation to New York and New Jersey to help the citizens with the job of recovering from the storm.

    That he is instead just continuing the chump challenge- I think it is clear he either doesn’t have the $5 mill or he just is unwilling to give that large an amount to help New York and New Jersey.