Trump even took the opportunity to go after Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo.
"It is very hard and expensive to live in New York," the billionaire real estate mogul-turned-politician tweeted. "Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his Attorney General as a bludgeoning tool for his own purposes. They sue on everything, always in search of a crime. I even got sued on a Foundation which took Zero rent & expenses & gave away more money than it had."
"They never even looked at the disgusting Clinton Foundation," he added, out of nowhere. He went on to complain about "ridiculously high taxes" in New York, despite having suggested he doesn't pay taxes because he's "smart."
He rant culminated with this:
That’s right, The Trump Foundation gave away 100% plus, with Zero rent or expenses charged, and has been being sued by Cuomo and New York State for years - another part of the political Witch Hunt. Just in case anyone is interested - Clinton Foundation never even looked at!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2019
Some took to Twitter to remind the President – who easily could have used his time to tweet about his recent trips to the G-20 or North Korea – that his "charity" was a scam.
my dude, the Trump Foundation was such a scam that you and your entire family are forever banned from ever operating a charity again. you pocketed money that was raised in the name of children with cancer! but cool story, bro, keep telling it, your dimwitted worshipers eat it up
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 1, 2019
Hey @realDonaldTrump, when you say "gave away" you mean to yourself and your family right? Because that's why the Trump Foundation is being sued. It was a scam to benefit you and your children. #MondayMotivation https://t.co/BeDn66JfXP
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 1, 2019
Others called it a "fraud" or "fraudulent."
Reminder: The Trump Foundation was a fraud.
— Geoffrey Sorensen (@GSorensen) July 1, 2019
The Trump Foundation was a fraudulent charity that Trump stopped contributing to many years ago. The way it worked is third parties paid into it and trump used its funds to settle lawsuits and buy baubles for his clubs. https://t.co/paMU7i3lrf
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 1, 2019
And others a "slush fund."
David @Fahrenthold of the @washingtonpost won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Trump Foundation as a slush fund which was used to pay off personal or business obligations... and one occasion, his son's Boy Scout dues. https://t.co/g7oU8CHJ4D https://t.co/1HWXT3FJDk
— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) July 1, 2019
Context: As @fahrenthold documented, Trump Foundation was sued by NY AG for “a shocking pattern of illegality...including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.” https://t.co/WEEe6Cd05t https://t.co/XJ0Fbjx23Z
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) July 1, 2019
Internal emails show the Trump campaign explicitly directed Trump Foundation grantmaking and event-planning in order to boost Trump's political prospects in Iowa https://t.co/Fb7hfZY7MN https://t.co/bQ13bfLzI1
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 1, 2019
The Trump Foundation paid Trump golf clubs to host charity events. In other words, they were profiting from their so-called charity. https://t.co/SIAlvEraH4
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 1, 2019
New York shut 'em down after a lawsuit exposed a “shocking pattern of illegality”. https://t.co/lDvVCiNM5D
— Seamus Florin (@gitrithm) July 1, 2019
He left out the part about his family agreeing to dissolve the foundation under court supervision, thanks to its "shocking pattern of illegality." https://t.co/5i9Cttq29o
— Jeff Dufour (@dcdufour) July 1, 2019
"The foundation was accused by the attorney general, Barbara Underwood, of “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” and of engaging in “a shocking pattern of illegality..."" https://t.co/7LBYQimHV8
— very legal & very cool (@cornellcage) July 1, 2019
— Ken Otwell (@KenOtwell) July 1, 2019
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