Maddow: Trump’s Post-Election Money Grab A ‘Better Deal’ For Him Than Winning And Governing

Maddow: Trump’s Post-Election Money Grab A ‘Better Deal’ For Him Than Winning And Governing

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow highlighted the Trump campaign’s efforts to raise money to help overturn the election by “throwing anything against the wall indefinitely,” as she put it.

Trump has raised over $200 million since Election Day, yet his lawsuits keep getting thrown out in court because his lawyers have not been able to present evidence of fraud.

Maddow noted that it is a “better deal” for Trump financially to lose and continue to obtain donations from his supporters that he can set aside for personal use than to have won and continue to govern.

“There isn’t actually a financial entity called the ‘Trump Election Defense Fund.’ They’ve just used that as a branding mechanism. And when you give money, thinking that you’re giving it to the ‘Trump Election Defense Fund,’ some of that money just goes to the Republican Party for whatever they want to use it for,” Maddow said.

“But the bulk of it goes into something that they call a Leadership PAC for Donald Trump. And a Leadership PAC is definitely the best kind of PAC if you’re this kind of president because that money, again, more than $200 million raised and counting after the election… that’s his money. That’s his money now.”

“That is money that he can literally spend on anything he wants. He can use it to just pay himself directly. He can just convert it into income. He can use it to pay for his living expenses, literally including food and travel and haircuts and stuff. This just becomes his bank account.”

“What a better deal this is for him,” Maddow concluded.

“By losing his re-election effort and running this scam where he claims he was robbed and he needs your help, by milking all this money out of his supporters with this claim since the election, he has finally figured out perhaps the most direct way to monetize this life, to massively enrich himself through his purported career in politics. Financially he’s way better off losing and complaining than he would be by winning and actually having to govern for four more years.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.