The Trump family was criticized for corruption once again this past weekend after reports revealed a dog rescue charity, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, which is linked to Lara Trump, has funneled nearly $2 million dollars to the Trump family through his properties.
The charity held a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago this past weekend where Trump himself made a surprise appearance, lying about his former administration's committmentt o helping dogs in need.
President Trump's surprise speech at @BDRRescue's fundraiser. https://t.co/xfVcgDtigG— T.A. Walker (@T.A. Walker)1615584808.0
A dog rescue charity with links to Lara Trump has spent as much as $1.9 million at Trump's properties over the last… https://t.co/ck5seEKmls— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1615676401.0
During his impromptu speech, Trump claimed to the attendees:
"What you're doing is so important. It's so great and so important. And I'm with you 100 percent."
"And we had many meetings in the White House, in the Oval Office having to do with saving and helping dogs. And that's what we wanted to do."
Though much of Trump's time in office was unstructured with few records, no evidence has been found of the Trump administration taking any steps to help dogs.
This makes it even stranger that a charity has spent so much money (presumably intended to help rescue dogs) enriching the Trump family.
Jesus. What a headline. The Trump family steals from kids with cancer (and paid $2m fine) They steal from dogs i… https://t.co/TzkY0v0dCC— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1615600752.0
Trump also claimed, with no evidence:
"And tremendous progress has been made. We've had many meetings actually on it and things that I never even would think is possible in terms of some of the cruelty and the horrible things that happen. And we've turned them around and made them great things."
Who in the hell steals money from a Dog Rescue? A Trump...— Sailor Michael⚓✈ (@Sailor Michael⚓✈)1615680685.0
@NotHoodlum There's something very fishy about the dog rescue & its association with the Trumps.— blazebaby (@blazebaby)1615656384.0
The Trump family has a history of misusing charity money and many online suggested this was a continuation of that trend.
#bigdogranchrescue If this is TRUE - You are a horrible Charity! https://t.co/wFuR2vtK9A— Michelle A Lang (@Michelle A Lang)1615829724.0
ICUMI More Trump family grifting. https://t.co/6nAO10dQd5— YpsiGal🇺🇸 (@YpsiGal🇺🇸)1615752643.0
While the Trump administration took no noticeable steps to help dogs, The Washington Post did note:
"People who failed or whom Trump wanted to depict as impotent had 'choked like dogs' or were 'fired like dogs' or couldn't be elected dogcatcher."
Ummm.. that’s not a charity now is it? Maybe NY state will have something to say about that. https://t.co/L1ToPr2NmP— RGM - #socialdistancing + #Joementum (@RGM - #socialdistancing + #Joementum)1615747846.0
There’s always money in the dog charity! cc: @bluthquotes https://t.co/oL4p1sfPda— Chris (@Chris)1615733579.0
This a**hole stole money from a dog rescue? Wow. Lara Trump is utter filth. https://t.co/ZO8BbyJMu4— Elaine 🥀 (@Elaine 🥀)1615732967.0
Since Trump was no champion for dogs while in office, a charity's massive support for him now seems a little fishy.
Of course they steal from dogs 😡 https://t.co/YbHDqL2CmI— Nurse Jackie (@Nurse Jackie)1615727961.0
Money Laundering. https://t.co/dnm5dMYrsr— JB (@JB)1615720107.0
Former President Trump is now using charity money to turn a profit at his properties—a familiar situation for many.
This is infuriating. When I think of all the lives that could have been saved with that money. 🥵 https://t.co/1TJHeOzJYp— PupperMumRedux (@PupperMumRedux)1615708539.0
Just another scheme run by the Trump family to funnel charity money (this time for dogs in need of a home) into the… https://t.co/gguURhlxvz— Nick Walden Poublon (@Nick Walden Poublon)1615704963.0
Many Presidents use their time after leaving office to support charities by helping them raise awareness of their causes or by donating time and money.
Former President Trump is seemingly trying a different tactic: fleece charities for every penny they're worth while helping only himself.