Trump, New York Times Spar Over Political Donations from Supporters

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Between late 2015 to present day, the mainstream media has remained critical of Donald Trump. The press repeatedly went after Trump during his time as a presidential candidate, as president, and now as a former president. 

Trump, during his years in the White House, repeatedly held the media to task for perpetuating fake news. Supporters of the 45th president also shifted from mainstream platforms such as CNN and MSNBC to more conservative news sites like Newsmax and One American News Network.

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On Monday, the New York Times found itself at odds with former President Trump yet again. As Washington Examiner reports, the dispute between Trump and the Times started after the publication accused the former president of duping his supporters into unknowingly making multiple donations. 

Donald Trump vs. the New York Times

Days ago, the New York Times ran a very unflattering story about former President Trump. The story in question alleges that Trump’s campaign website misled his supporters to make weekly donations when these supporters believed their donations were one-time contributions. 

According to the Times, once these Trump supporters realized their donations were recurring, rather than one-time, demands for refunds surged; the New York Times also claimed that Trump supporters contacted their credit card companies and banks to get their money back. Allegedly, this resulted in the Trump campaign issuing tens of millions of dollars in refunds. 

Yesterday, former President Trump slammed the Times’ account as “highly partisan” and “misleading.”

In an official statement, Trump additionally explained that it was not uncommon for his supporters to make donations more than once; in regards to refunds issued, the 45th president detailed that returns of funds happened when supporters donated “too much” money. 

More to the Story Than Reported? 

Further remarks from Trump allege that the Times intentionally buried aspects of this story that didn’t fit the narrative. For instance, the former president maintains that fewer than 1% of donations from his supporters were ultimately refunded. 

Trump additionally explained that all manners of fundraising occurred within legal bounds. Still, the Times maintains that online donors were unaware that they needed to list their donations as one-time payments on the website and untick a box that would make their donations recurring. 

Do you think the New York Times is taking the reports about donation refunds out of context? What do you think about the statement from former President Trump? Let us know down below in the comments section.