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Trump’s Latest Grift: Renting Himself Out As A ‘Motivational Speaker’ For The Gullible

It’s a given that most ex-presidents often give high-profile speeches after they leave office, often for very large sums of money.

In 2017, former President Barack Obama spoke at a healthcare conference hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and pocketed a cool $400,000 for his efforts. He was also heavily criticized for that speech because he had previous said:

“I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street.”

And now we have failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump stepping into the speaking for cash bonanza, but what he’s doing is quite different than speaking to a room of bankers.

According to Axios, the Donald is now renting himself out as a motivational speaker:

At events hosted by an outfit called the American Freedom Tour, Trump is whipping up arena-sized crowds resembling his campaign rallies.

It’s privately run — and, according to organizers, it’s driving huge audience interest.

Trump stands to benefit on both ends. He headlines a rally-type event with a third party footing the bill, and stands to gets a hefty payout for his time.

AFT’s founder, Chris Widener, told Axios that “most all of our speakers get paid an honorarium for the event,” but he declined to name Trump’s fee.

Trump’s next speech is Saturday in Austin, Texas, and you can attend at one of three levels of support, depending on how much cash you have to waste on a boring recitation of bullshit from the worst ex-president in American history:

  • Ticket prices start at $9, for the Satellite tier. That includes a spot in an overflow room at the venue to watch the program on a TV screen.
  • Presidential tier tickets cost $4,995. That includes early access to the event site, admission to a reception and a photo-op with Trump’s son Don Jr., as well as premium seating to watch Trump speak in person.
  • No price is listed for the top Patriot tier. Interested parties are instructed to email for more information. That tier includes a roundtable and photo-op with former President Trump himself and a roundtable with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

AFT, it should be noted, is run by Widener and Brian Forte, who sounds a great deal like Trump in that he’s fond of not paying his bills.

In 2018, Forte filed for bankruptcy, which seems odd for a man who often speaks about how you can achieve success like his:

Forte’s scheduled talk was themed “success” despite his own financial history. He filed for bankruptcy in 2018, records show.

“He did not complete the process. He has never been bankrupt,” said AFT spokesperson Larry Ward, a veteran Republican media consultant. A $200,000 tax lien filed against Forte by the IRS late last year “is being resolved,” Ward said.

“Being resolved” is another way of saying that Forte is trying to work out a payment plan with the IRS to avoid going to prison.

Can you imagine paying $5,000 just to hear a boring asshat like Donald Trump speak? The man has nothing to say that’s worth hearing!

Hell, I’d pay $5,000 right now to have Donald Trump never open his yap again. And I’d get my money back, because you know he could never stay silent for more than five minutes unless he’s sound asleep.

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Merry Griftmas! The Donald Is Hawking Trump Christmas Stockings On His Web Site

Failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump absolutely loves to falsely claim that he single-handedly won the so-called “war on Christmas” which he alleges (also falsely) has been instigated by liberals and progressives.

When he was still president, Trump often gave himself verbal pats on the back as he told his brainless supporters that he had made it safe for us all to say “Merry Christmas” again, even though in reality we never stopped saying it.

And now, even though Christmas remains six weeks off, Donnie Claus is offering us all chance to purchase a Christmas stocking with his ugly mug on the front of it. If that’s not enough to make you retch up your turkey and dressing, then you must have a stomach made of titanium.

Since he’s no longer allowed on Twitter or Facebook, the ex-president had his “communications director,” Liz Harrington, send out the Trump Christmas stocking announcement:

OK, here’s a couple of things about the Trump stocking:

  • Why does his face have to be ALL OVER the damn thing?!
  • “Save America”? Really? If we really want to save America, we’ll put the Trump family behind bars for the next 50 years.
  • The symbolism of the flames in the fireplace appearing ready to consume the stocking cannot be overstated. It brings to mind images of Trump in hell (where he’s probably headed) as well as how he nearly burned down the foundations of the American republic.
  • Oh, and don’t forget that in order to get the Trump stocking, you have to donate $50 or more, even though the thing is likely made in China and cost less than a buck to produce.

Twitter users had some thoughts on Donnie’s latest scam:

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Trump-Announced Boxing Match Was A Massive Failure According To Pay-Per-View Receipts

Failed, one-term former President Donald Trump was practically giddy when he discussed the cut he’d be getting for providing commentary on a “gamecast” of a Sept. 11 boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort. According to TMZ, Trump bragged that he was getting paid an “obscene” amount money for the gig.

But based on the pay-per-view revenue from that “gamecast,” the entire fight was an enormous failure.

Mediaite reports that boxing reporter Dan Rafael got ahold of the financials from the Holyfield-Belfort fight and it was a giant dud:

“In a fight that never should have happenedEvander Holyfield was embarrassed in his return to the ring last week against Vitor Belfort, getting KO’d in the first round. But the real loser might be Triller Fight Club.

“According to boxing journalist Dan Rafael, sources say the fight generated around 150,000 PPV buys. If that number holds, it will represent a massive fail for Triller, who promoted and sold the PPV event for $49.99.”

To make it clear just how pathetic a showing the fight was, consider this:

“In comparison, Mike Tyson’s return to the ring against Roy Jones Jr. last year surpassed a reported 1.6 million PPV buys, or more than 10 times the reported amount of Triller’s Holyfield bout.”

Ouch. Trump didn’t even manage to do one-tenth of the revenue Mike Tyson did, and he considers Tyson to be a friend. Since both have been accused of rape, it’s no wonder they’re such good buddies.

What does this tell us? Well, for one thing it suggests that the powers-that-be at Triller (which is a stupid name) is a terrible judge of talent, be it of boxers or announcers.

But it’s also further verification of what former GOP strategist Rick Wilson has said ever since the Donald decided to run for president and almost destroyed the country during his four years in office: Everything Trump touches dies.

 

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Trump’s Latest Grift: ‘Freedom Passports’ He Claims Are Better Than Vaccine Passports

Donald Trump has always been a grifter. He claims to be a businessman, but he’s failed at every business he’s been a part of, filed for bankruptcy multiple times, and stuck his name on items ranging from steaks and wine to a failed university which went belly-up. Hell, the son of a bitch even stole money from the charity which bore his name and eventually had to shut down the charity or face criminal charges.

Since leaving the White House, Trump’s grifting has only grown worse as he raises hundreds of millions from his gullible supporters under the guise of a “ballot review” initiative, which has yet to spend a dime on actually helping fund any of the bogus recounts taking place in states such as Arizona. Instead, the $75 million he’s collected from his acolytes is being used to pay his attorneys and travel expenses.

And now the Donald has unveiled his latest incarnation of modern-day snake oil: A $45 “Freedom Passport” that is actually nothing but a cheaply made T-shirt:

Be sure and note that along with the T-shirt offer is a way for you to give a contribution that will “benefit Save America Joint Fundraising Committee.” Translation: Donnie will spend that money on whatever he decides he most needs. It might be travel on a private jet or limo expense, but it might just as well be used to set up one of his ongoing rallies where he’ll ask the crowd to give him more cash so he can continue to scam them on a recurring basis.

Oh, and here’s the best thing about the “freedom passport”: It won’t protect you from COVID-19, so you can wear it as they intubate you at the local hospital while you take your last desperate breaths and curse “the libs” as the Grim Reaper shows up to claim your hollowed-out soul.

So come one, come all, and line up for a freedom passport. Granted, it won’t do you a damn bit of good, but at least it’ll keep Donald Trump in high cotton for a few more months.

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Trump Raised $75 Million For ‘Ballot Reviews’ But Spent It On Legal Fees And Travel: Report

Over the first six months of this year, failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump’s political action committee (PAC) raised some $75 million, ostensibly to pay for “ballot reviews” such as the one underway in Arizona.

But the money has been spent on everything but those election reviews, according to the Washington Post:

“The Save America leadership PAC — which has few limits on how it can spend its money — has paid for some of the former president’s travel, legal costs and staff, along with other expenses, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the group’s inner workings. The PAC has held onto much of its cash.

“Even as he assiduously tracks attempts by his allies to cast doubt on the integrity of last year’s election, Trump has been uninterested in personally bankrolling the efforts, relying on other entities and supporters to fund the endeavors, they said.”

It’s also believed that Trump will use the millions to back GOP candidates in the 2022 midterm elections and help start a war chest he can tap if he decides to run for a second term in 2024.

The former president collected the $75 million through online ads encouraging supporters to help him “secure” elections. One of those ads which ran on Facebook read:

“We need you to join the fight to SECURE OUR ELECTIONS!”

But Trump is willing to let others foot the bill for securing elections, leading Trump biographer Tim O’Brien to remark:

“That is probably the most lucrative thing he’s had in terms of cash flow since the Plaza casino in Atlantic City. This is just as lucrative. He has recognized because of what happened after the election — he can make money as a candidate.”

For Donald Trump, it’s all about the grift, and it always will be.