Your Dec. 19 “NY AG puts Trump Foundation to sleep” registers a zero on the Surprise Meter, scaled 1 to 10. So the Trump Foundation is a charitable shell front whose board hasn’t met this century that performed “a shocking pattern of illegality including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign.” Who’d a thought? Shocking to who exactly?
Of course Mr. Trump calls everything “fake news” because investigative journalists inevitably discover repeated illegal behavior, corruption, unlawful political coordination, and self-dealing with his foundation “functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.” Wikipedia defines (nonprofit) foundation as “a legal category of nonprofit organization that will typically either (1) donate funds and support to other organizations, or (2) provide the source of funding for its own charitable purposes.” In Trump world, this means (1) donate funds to the Trump campaign, or (2) provide funding to the Trump campaign with the foundation becoming unnecessary after Trump’s solitary legislative “achievement” — tax cuts for his wealthy donor base that can return the budget-busting $1.5 trillion-over-10-years windfall (per CNBC), making the Trump Foundation superfluous.
So Mr. Trump is now shutting down the government for his beloved non-starter border wall he said the Mexicans would pay for as the Mexicans say “no habla inglis” and think “yeah, and then you woke up.” Here’s a compromise for “Individual 1”: 1. Make a deal with your $1.5 trillion-enriched supporters to use 33 percent of that money to fund your $500 billion boondoggle; 2. Ask the New York AG if you can resurrect your Trump Foundation for the one-time purpose to make its first and only charitable activity providing the funds for the wall you maintain as necessary for border security; or 3. Use the GoFundMe route.
In closing, I propose you begin wall construction with a big sign saying “Feliz Navidad Senor Trump” visible from the Mexican side, as this will turn Mexican stomachs where your popularity lags, but their agita should please you.