Trump Slammed for Alleged Misuse of Election Defense Fund Donations: "He's Out to Scam Money"

Trump Slammed for Alleged Misuse of Election Defense Fund Donations: "He's Out to Scam Money"
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Longtime political analyst and writer, Joe Conason, accused Donald Trump of stealing millions from his MAGA fans for an election integrity project that never materialized. Conason recently appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to promote his new book, The Longest Con: How Grifters, Swindlers, and Frauds Hijacked American Conservatism. The work, as described by him, details the descent of conservatives into the current state of affairs, where they deceive their supporters for financial gain.



 

As reported by Raw Story, Conason explained, "The epitome of this, of course, is the former president, who booked a quarter of a billion dollars after the 2020 election by telling people he was going to set up an official election defense fund. And, of course, the money didn't go to that, but they pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars in two months after the election...It ended up in a super PAC that he controls and that he can spend on anything, including, of course, his legal defense, not election defense."



 

He added, "But this is a syndrome, a problem on the right that a lot of conservatives have discussed. You know the foreword to the book is by my friend George Conway, who I think you guys know, he is an honest conservative. Like many honest conservatives, is appalled by the dishonesty, the grifting, the scamming that is just rampant in their movement now."



 

Conway, a well-known Republican who has been critical of the former president, recently asserted that the GOP, led by Trump, is 'addicted to lies'. He was reacting to Speaker Mike Johnson's recent comments on Trump's 'respect' for a peaceful handover of power. As reported by The Hill, Conway told CNN's Laura Coates, "It is really apt even to this because the Republican Party has become addicted to lies under Trump, and this is just an example. In light of that, it’s just impossible to say that Donald Trump — with any honesty — to say that Donald Trump supports the Constitution. It’s impossible to say that, and Speaker Johnson manages to do that. And he does that because the Republicans just lie casually now and that’s just become a way of life for the Republican Party."

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According to The Guardian, Conason reiterated Trump's 'stealing with both hands' nature. He told the outlet, "Trump is the apotheosis of this moral degeneration of conservatism because he’s out there stealing with both hands and it’s right in your face. Nixon said, ‘I am not a crook.’ Could Trump really say ‘I’m not a crook’ and have anyone believe him? Nobody would believe that, including his followers. They know that he’s out to scam money for himself, and they don’t seem to mind." 



 

The true problem, according to Conason, is not the amount, but rather the individuals who back them. He stated, "Take the grifting around ‘stop the steal’, post-election, 2020-21. Led by Trump’s son-in-law [Jared Kushner], they knew they were going to do it before the election was even over. ‘We’re going to keep our fundraising operation intact.’ And they booked a quarter of a billion dollars in a couple of months. It was amazing. One of the biggest rip-offs ever."

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