So Will Trump Follow Through On His $5 Million Birther Charity Promise?

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September 16, 2016 1:23 pm
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So now that Donald Trump — after years of race-baiting and rumor-mongering — believes that President Obama was born in the United States, will he follow through on his promise to donate $5 million to charity once he was given proof?

That was the question posed by The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, who has been reporting doggedly on Trump’s charitable giving (or lack thereof).

Along with his persistent questioning of Obama’s birth certificate, his claims that he was sending researchers to Hawaii to investigate Obama’s records and his continued refusal — until Friday — to recognize Obama’s American birth, Trump also promised in 2012 $5 million in charitable giving in exchange for various documents that would prove to Trump’s “satisfaction” that Obama was not born abroad.

As Fahrenthold’s reporting has borne out, there is scant evidence that Trump has given much of his own personal money to charity in recent years. Rather, it appears the GOP nominee tends to use the donations of others to his Trump Foundation to claim charitable giving.

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