Even though Donald Trump comes from a wealthy family, the Republican presidential candidate has spent his life buying flaunting his wealth like someone who just won the lottery. The real estate mogul is well-known for his expensive taste and gold-plated everything. His New York City penthouse has been featured on a number websites, television shows and in magazines because of the ridiculous amount of 24-karat gold in the residence. And that’s fine, if Donald Trump wants to waste millions of dollars on gaudy furniture, it’s his money–unfortunately, we are now being forced to pay for his extravagant tastes too.
According to new reports, taxpayers are shelling out millions of dollars to pay for Trump to travel on his luxury jet complete because he doesn’t want to fly on a modest plane. Trump’s plane comes complete with gold-plated bathroom fixtures and a leather chair that converts to a toilet. According to the report, American taxpayers have paid 78 percent of the presidential candidate’s flight costs because his Secret Service detail accounts for more than half of the flight’s manifests. And since Trump owns both the airplane and the airline company some of that money is probably going to his personal bank account (SHOCKING!). Politico found that the Secret Service has paid $1.6 million to the Trump Campaign, but the Huffington Post dug a little deeper and discovered it is actually a lot more than that:
Politico, which first reported these payments, put the total the Secret Service paid to the Trump campaign at $1.6 million. But a closer look at campaign finance filings shows that the U.S. Secret Service covered more than $2.3 million of the $3.8 million Trump’s campaign has paid Tag Air in 2016.
That figure is on pace to top $3 million by Election Day on Nov. 8 – a total that would be nearly double what taxpayers spent to fly Secret Service agents around with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
By comparison, Hillary Clinton has amassed $2.6 million in travel expenses but she has been protected by Secret Service for twice as long. Hillary has had a protection detail since April 2015, whereas Trump only received one when he asked for it in the beginning of 2016. She also travels with her detail and press pool in order to cut down on costs, Trump does no such thing because his plane is not big enough to hold everyone (the full-sized bedroom and bathroom take up too much room).
Since the beginning of Trump’s campaign he has traveled the country telling supporters that he is “self-funding” his presidential bid. This is possibly one of the biggest lies he has told throughout his run. Not only has he paid his companies millions of dollars in donor money, he is forcing taxpayers to pay for his lavish lifestyle. There is no reason why he cannot fly on an ordinary plane like every other presidential candidate in history other than he just doesn’t want to. Once again he is proving to be completely unfit to serve as president, but, unfortunately, his supporters are so stupid they are probably thrilled that they are paying for Trump to pee while surrounded by gold.
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