Eric Trump retreats to Hannity after report that his charity lied about devoting all its profits to research cancer in children
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Eric Trump retreated to Fox News' Hannity -- hosted by his father’s biggest media sycophant -- to lash out after Forbes reported that charitable activity by the Eric Trump Foundation “seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors.”
According to Forbes, filings show that through Eric’s annual charity event hosted at a Trump golf course, the Trump Organization has received more than $1.2 million. In addition, the Donald J. Trump Foundation "apparently used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization," and more than $500,000 in donations to the Eric Trump Foundation "was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests." Eric had previously stated that his charitable activity has little overhead because it uses Trump Organization “assets 100% free of charge." President Donald Trump himself was scrutinized during the campaign, mostly by The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, for apparent self-dealing with his foundation.
After Forbes published its report about the potentially illegal activity, Eric appeared on Fox News' Hannity and lashed out against the media and Democrats, claiming he was being “attacked” because “morality is just gone” and because Democrats “don’t have a message, they don’t have leadership, so they obstruct.” Host Sean Hannity chimed in, claiming that opponents are unfairly targeting Trump’s children because “they want to delegitimize his presidency, they want to stop his agenda, and if they can, they want to impeach him.”
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I actually would use the term, with Kathy Griffin, and a CNN anchor calling your father a “piece of shh” -- all right? -- and a conspiracy theory that every intelligence officer and top Democrats have all said there is no evidence of and thousands of hours of coverage. But they've gone after your 11-year-old brother, they've gone after your soon-to-be-born child. They've gone after you, which is fine. Don, you guys probably are more fair game. But really, your sister? And really, the first lady? And really, Kellyanne and anybody that seems to like your father? They want to, I say they want to delegitimize his presidency. They want to stop his agenda, and if they can, they want to impeach him.
ERIC TRUMP: Who are all in this, by the way, for the right reason. I mean, look at that P.O.S. comment that you made. Somebody on CNN, an anchor on CNN, called my father on the show a piece of --. You might be an opinionated person, but you don't use profanities. You’re not a child when it comes to calling people names. I got attacked today. I’ve raised $16.3 million for St. Jude’s, 16.3. I’ve dedicated my --
HANNITY: By the age of what?
TRUMP: I started when I was 21. I have raised $16.3 million for the greatest hospital in the world, that’s St. Jude, and I get attacked for it. Barron gets attacked. People come out, they look at my wife; “Well, I hope she, you know, I hope the kid is aborted because God forbid there is another Trump in the world.” I mean, the manners, the lack of morals in society is awful, and honestly? I blame most of these politicians and I blame the media because it's out of control. I mean the way they act are out of control and honestly it's because the Democratic Party is sinking. And I mean that sincerely. They don't have a message, they don't have leadership, so they obstruct, and it’s just -- it's really the worst of the worst, Sean.