Donald Trump, who played the “9/11 card” against Sen. Ted Cruz during last week’s Republican debate, reportedly was not very charitable in the aftermath of the attacks towards his fellow New Yorkers–but the campaign disputes these findings.
As reported by Western Journalism, when Cruz accused Trump of having New York values that do not resonate in Iowa, the candidate responded, “New York is a great place. It’s got great people. It’s got loving people, wonderful people. When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York.”
Is this the New York that Ted Cruz is talking about & demeaning? pic.twitter.com/rYGX9vazku
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2016
According to RedState, though the billionaire candidate spoke eloquently about New York values, he did not open up his wallet to give to charities supporting the victims of Sept. 11.
RedState cites the Foundation Center, which released a report in 2003 chronicling the “unprecedented outpouring of charitable support that followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.” The conservative blog found that the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation was not among the listed donating charities.
RedState referenced a November story from The Smoking Gun, which determined that Trump’s foundation had made only one donation identifiable with 9/11: a $1000 contribution to “a controversial Scientology program that administered treatment to firemen who inhaled toxins while working on the World Trade Center pile.”
After the Smoking Gun’s story about Trump’s dearth of donations, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the New York Daily News, “Mr. Trump has donated close to half a million dollars to organizations as a result of the 9/11 tragedy including the American Red Cross and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Fund, in addition to a total of $102 million donated to hundreds of charitable foundations over a relatively short period of time, many of which helped people affected by 9/11.”
RedState founder Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from his organization’s annual RedState Gathering in August after the candidate made some controversial remarks about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.