Political weekly wrap up: edition 4

Trump Foundation Scandal

The past week has unloaded a slur of controversy for the Trump campaign, after an article published last Tuesday by The Washington Post accused Trump of spending donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation to settle his legal disputes.

The story describes how Trump spent over $250,000 of the charity’s money to pay business fees. The report reveals just one of many borderline illegal donation scandals Trump has made in his career, the most recent involving Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

In merely one case, Trump donated $100,000 from the Trump Foundation’s coffers to the Fisher House Charity after being sued by the town of Palm Beach in 2007 for an oversized flagpole on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach country club. Numerous other cases over the past few years that follow the same pattern were also examined.

The Trump campaign is defending the presidential nominee, with Trump communications director Jason Miller issuing a statement last Tuesday.

“There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments,” Miller said. “All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed.”

The Trump campaign also caused controversy after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted an image comparing the Syrian refugee crisis to a bowl of skittles. The image asked “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you that just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

With less than two months left until election day, controversy continues to swell the Trump campaign.

Clinton Reaches Out To Unique Voters

At a rally at Temple University last Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attempted to reach out to millennials by promising to fight for college payment reform. She also bashed Trump’s campaign rhetoric once again, saying “you also see the Republican presidential nominee for president who incites hatred and violence like I’ve never seen before.”

Clinton also blamed the media and Trump for the “downright depressing” election and “discouraging” politics.

“We can’t get distracted when the media or my opponent turns this election into a circus,” Clinton said.

Clinton has also been reaching out to disabled voters as well as their families, after promising Wednesday at a rally in Orlando to support “a group of Americans who are, too often, invisible, overlooked and undervalued, who have so much to offer but are given too few chances to prove it.”

The recent outreaches came just days before the first presidential debate, when the policies of both candidates will be put to the test.

Weekly Poll Update

One poll from the past week, published by Rasmussen, show Trump leading Clinton by 5 points.

Meanwhile, 4 other polls depict Clinton leading Trump. Polls published by American Research Group, YouGov/Economist, NBC News/Wall Street Journal and ICITIZEN show clinton leading Trump by 3,2,6 and 5 points, respectively.

A poll from Ipsos/Reuters show Clinton and Trump even with 39 points each.

The majority lead by Clinton may be due to a multitude of wealthy Republicans moving to the Hillary camp, including former president George H.W. Bush, who said Monday that he would be voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.

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