This is something that went pretty much unnoticed back in February. It stands to reason for all of the nonsense that comes out of Trump’s mouth, there might be some absurdity that was missed the first time around. On this one, Trump makes an accusation he cannot support with evidence. Surprise, surprise.
From The Huffington Post:
President Barack Obama arranged for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to receive a $15,000 donation in exchange for investigating Trump University, Donald Trump alleged in February in comments that were overlooked, likely due to the even more ridiculous and offensive remarks that he was making at the time.
Trump didn’t quite accuse Obama of handing Schneiderman an envelope with $15,000 stuffed in it. Instead, Trump said, Obama appears to have arranged a campaign contribution to Schneiderman from a law firm representing victims of Trump’s scam. (Like Trump’s usual claims, there’s no evidence to support this one.)
“The attorney general of New York meets with Barack Obama in Syracuse,” Trump said at a rally in Bentonville, Arkansas. “The following day he sues me. What they don’t say is, I believe, fifteen thousand or a lot of money was paid to the attorney general by the law firm in California that is suing me.”
This kind of thing is nothing new for Donald Trump. His penchant for telling tall tales with zero evidence is well documented. Naturally, Trump bashed Eric Schneiderman during that same rally:
“All of a sudden the attorney general ― his name is Eric Schneiderman, not respected in New York, doing a terrible job, probably is not electable in New York, but who knows ― and he meets with Obama, gets a campaign contribution, I think, I think it’s fifteen thousand dollars, and all of a sudden, he meets with Obama in, I believe, Syracuse, and the following day or two he brings a lawsuit against me.”
The meeting in question took place in April. The lawsuit was filed against Trump in August. The contributions to Schneiderman were made by people from several law firms back in 2010:
At the time, Trump wasn’t a candidate for president, Schneiderman wasn’t attorney general and Gonzalo Curiel wasn’t the judge in the case. In fact, Curiel wouldn’t be appointed to the federal bench until 2012, two years after Trump’s case got underway in California.
But somehow, Trump was still able to tie all of this together in one neat little conspiracy. What’s worse is, his hard core supporters believe every word and will ferociously defend him no matter how obvious it is, he’s lying.
Here’s the best part:
Trump’s charge is also a useful window into how he perceives the judiciary. Six months after Schneiderman filed suit against Trump in 2013, Trump filed a complaint accusing the attorney general of shaking Trump down for campaign contributions.
Revealed in the complaint was that Trump himself had donated $12,500 to Schneiderman’s campaign in 2010, more than either of the lawyers who Trump accused of trying to buy the attorney general.
Another instance of Trump donating tends of thousands to a fellow Democrat? Say it isn’t so! For anybody who is thinking rationally, Trump’s attacks on Schneiderman ring hollow, having more to do with being sued by him than anything else. To Trump, a slight (even perceived) is all it takes to turn a person into an enemy. Trump’s silly conspiracy theories just make it easier for on-the-fence voters to jump over to Hillary’s side.