New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore reports that the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump, has signed on to donate the maximum $1 million that can be given to Senate Dems in order to help them defeat the Republicans’ anti-gun agenda.
The donation will come in a “tax-deductible contribution,” Confessor writes, “a form of non-deductions.”
This is an unprecedented move for a President to donate money to a political campaign, and Confessors report confirms that this donation is a big one.
“The President’s pledge comes as the Senate’s top gun-control Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, has pledged to support the GOP gun-registration bill, which would increase background checks and give the government broad authority to seize firearms from criminals and the mentally ill, and expand the definition of mental illness to include some mental health conditions,” Confessesore writes.
“It is a stunning political moment in New York and across the country.”
It’s unclear how much money the President will donate to Senate Republicans, but it appears to be quite a bit.
The Times reports that Trump is donating $1,000 to Schumer’s Democratic primary opponent, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New Hampshire, and $1.5 million to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats in the Senate.
“Democrats will face tough elections next year, with Republicans winning control of both chambers of Congress and the White House,” Confessionsore writes, adding that “Democrats need a big win in November to make this a permanent position of strength for Democrats, including President Trump.”
Trump Jr.’s donation to Democrats comes as Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Senemias, a fellow New York City billionaire, has been publicly questioning the merits of gun control.
Confessora writes that the president has also pledged to donate his father’s $1-million donation to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and to Senator Kirstin Gillibrands efforts to hold a vote on a Senate proposal to strengthen background checks.
Trump Jr., of course, is the President of the United States.
Confessionore adds that this is not the first time the president is giving money to Senate candidates.
“In 2016, Mr. Trump made $500,000 for his father,” Confesseor writes.
Trump, who is known to give millions to political campaigns, is not a stranger to giving money.
In 2008, he gave $2 million to a failed bid to oust Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, a Democratic presidential candidate.
“Mr. Trump has given $7 million to Republican Senate candidates, but his most recent giving total was $2.2 million in February,” Confessors writes.
The President has also given money to various conservative groups, including the National Rifle Association, which has helped elect a number of Republicans to Congress.
Confessing, “Trump Jr.’d that the GOP candidates are the ones to beat.”