“Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election.
“Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.
“As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a ‘money bomb,’ that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.”
That Trump’s campaign was willing to apparently trick their own supporters out of money is the sort of grift that should shock you. But it should not surprise you.
Why not? Because the entirety of Trump’s campaign and presidency have had elements of just this sort of con game – separating people from their money to benefit the 45th president either directly or indirectly.
This is a man in desperate need of new sources of revenue — and fast. And someone who has repeatedly demonstrated that he is more than willing to trick even his most loyal supporters — and biggest admirers — out of their money.
In short: Stay tuned. This isn’t the first seeming grift Trump has pulled. And it certainly won’t be the last.