As Donald Trump walked out of his press briefing this afternoon, having only taken a few brief questions from friendly right-wing reporters whom he knew wouldn’t challenge him, one lone reporter shouted out the question many of had been waiting for him to be asked.
Only those few people still tuned into the C-Span feed as the president exited — after spending a considerable portion of his briefing attacking the character of newly minted Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as “the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful” person in the US Senate — heard the reporter shout an extremely pertinent question towards the departing bulk of ignorance and antipathy slithering back to the inner sanctums of the White House.
That question was something along the lines of “If Kamala Harris is as bad as you say she is, why did you donate money to her campaign for California Attorney General?”
Other journalists were also anxious to hear the answer to that query, judging by the quick interjection of “Yeah, $6000!” by an offscreen voice as C-Span cut the cameras and radio from the briefing room.
Indeed, according to public records accessed by The Sacramento Bee, both Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, donated to Harris’ campaign coffers in the early part of the decade when the TV reality show host had yet to reveal his presidential ambitions.
“In 2011 and again in 2013, Trump donated a total of $6,000 to Harris’ campaign for California attorney general. His daughter, Ivanka, also gave Harris $2,000 in 2014,” the newpaper wrote this past March.
Just because Trump donated money to Kamala back then doesn’t mean that he is a formerly flaming liberal who had a sudden turn to the dark side.
His first contribution to the Harris campaign came when he had already embarked on his racist claims that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States and therefore ineligible for the presidency.
“The first donation from Trump, for $5,000 in September 2011, came months after he had begun popping up on cable news promoting a conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States, something that’s been widely condemned as racist,” The Sacrament Bee revealed.
Hopefully, someone will get a chance to ask the president about his donations to his rival’s partner at his next press availability.
It won’t be nearly as much fun now that he knows the question is coming and his aides will be preparing a canned reply, but perhaps someone can catch him unawares and watch the sparks fly.
Original reporting by Emily Cadei at The Sacrament Bee.
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