Trump Continues to Grift Supporters With $99 Trading Card Announcement

Trump, who says the buying and selling playing cards characteristic his life and profession, is pictured on one card as an astronaut.

Former President Donald Trump’s political motion committees (PACs) have misled his supporters for years on how their donations are being spent. Now, it seems the previous president has a brand new methodology of grifting his supporters — by promoting digital collector’s playing cards that characteristic fictional depictions of himself.

According to an analysis by HuffPost, Trump’s Make America Nice Once more Inc. tremendous PAC, which was promoted as a way for his supporters to donate to spice up Trump-allied Republicans within the 2022 congressional midterms, spent solely a fraction of the {dollars} that it raised on its purported mission.

Trump transferred $60 million from his personal Save America PAC into the PAC supposed to help congressional candidates. One other $9 million was put into the congressional PAC from a special pro-Trump PAC. Donations from supporters made up $4 million of the congressional PAC.

“Of that $73 million whole, although, solely $15 million went towards electing Republicans in 5 Senate races,” HuffPost found.

Some key races acquired little or no monetary help from Make America Nice Once more Inc. For instance, HuffPost reported that “not a dime” went to assist Herschel Walker, a former NFL star and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate who put up a detailed race in opposition to incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia) within the Georgia runoff.

As a result of the tremendous PAC supposed to assist Trump help Republicans within the midterms spent solely $15 million, the remaining cash from that fund — round $60 million — can now be utilized in Trump’s presidential marketing campaign.

“It’s so apparent to the purpose of cliche at this level that Trump is on this for one individual and one individual alone — himself,” Rory Cooper, a former aide to Home Majority Chief Eric Cantor, informed HuffPost. “He steals fundraising, picks awful candidates, and is an anchor in aggressive races, so one would marvel how for much longer the get together tolerates this loser nonsense.”

Trump’s PACs are currently being investigated by a federal grand jury, which is wanting into his guarantees to make use of the funds raised to analyze fraud within the 2020 presidential election. (No credible proof of widespread fraud affecting the election’s end result has ever been discovered.) As a substitute of investigating election fraud, Trump has used the cash to pay for his political rallies, his journey bills and his authorized payments. Trump has additionally used PAC funds to pay for portraits of himself and his spouse, Melania Trump.

Trump’s newest enterprise seems to be a brand new method for him to proceed draining the pocketbooks of his most ardent supporters.

On Thursday, Trump revealed the main points of a “main announcement” he had teashed earlier this week — he’s releasing a line of digital, Non-Fungible Token (NFT) trading cards that price $99 every.

In his announcement, Trump mentioned that he hopes he’s “your favourite president of all time, higher than Lincoln, higher than Washington” and that the cards “characteristic a number of the actually unimaginable paintings pertaining to my life and my profession.”

Regardless of Trump’s declare, the cards actually feature Trump in roles together with a cowboy/sheriff, an astronaut, a fighter pilot and a superhero in a wrestling ring. On the superhero card, Trump has exaggerated muscular tissues and makes use of the U.S. flag as a cape. A wrestling belt that reads “Trump Champion” is wrapped round his waist.

Trump did have a brief career in the wrestling world, however didn’t take part in any match himself, and by no means received a championship belt.

Customers on social media reacted to the playing cards.

“You’ll be able to’t make this up. Donald Trump’s ‘main announcement’ are digital buying and selling playing cards that price $99 every. Basic grifter and narcissist conduct,” wrote Democratic political activist Victor Shi.

“We thought Trump’s ‘main announcement’ was that he was making a push to be Speaker [of the House], or that he was saying his VP choose, or that he was working as an impartial or beginning a 3rd get together,” wrote lawyer and anti-Trump commentator Tristan Snell. “No. He’s releasing a line of collectible playing cards. That’s how far he’s already fallen.”

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