Possibly the greatest grifter the world have ever seen has been caught out involved in the most spectacular grift you can imagine. Basically his campaign team sucked in a whole lot of republican voters by asking for urgent donations but then treating them as regular rather than one off donations and requiring donors to understand small print and navigate through various pages to click on a well hidden check box to do so.
From the New York Times:
Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election.
Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.
As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a “money bomb,” that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.
The tactic ensnared scores of unsuspecting Trump loyalists — retirees, military veterans, nurses and even experienced political operatives. Soon, banks and credit card companies were inundated with fraud complaints from the president’s own supporters about donations they had not intended to make, sometimes for thousands of dollars.
This tweet shows the extent of the carnage.
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) April 3, 2021
And how is Trump handling the transition from power and back into normal life? Not well.
The Herald reports that he recently issued this message:
“Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country,” he wrote, in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Trump is facing multiple legal problems and multiple law suits, the latest being one brought by two police officers who are suing Trump for inciting the riot that resulted in their injury. Given what he has engaged in over the past few decades this is not surprising. The only thing that is amazing is that he should not be wearing an orange jumpsuit in a medium security detention Centre.