Elections

‘Money Can’t Buy You Love’: Trump’s Testy Relationships With Politicians He’s Donated To

Donald Trump is certainly a man of wealth and has used this money to donate to politicians over the years. “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do,” he said. These seven politicians and political group may have been the recipients of The Donald’s generosity, but that didn’t buy any kind words from either party involved.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: Of the $383,500 Donald Trump has donated to various Democratic candidates and organizations since 1992, nearly $80,000 has gone to the DSCC, including $30,000 as recently as 2008. Since then, the DSCC has disparaged its former donor launching a petition with more than 15,000 signatures denouncing Trump’s comments on immigrants as “disgusting.”

Karl Rove: Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC received $50,000 from Trump in 2010, but it is doubtful though that Rove will get future donations after he called Trump a “complete idiot.” Trump has shot back, calling Rove’s expenditures a failure.

Lindsey Graham Despite receiving $15,200 from the man, Sen. Graham has since told Donald Trump to “go to hell.” The South Carolina senator also echoed Rove’s words and called Trump a “complete idiot.” Trump then called Graham a “lightweight,” and publicly handed out the senator’s cell phone number. Graham’s response:   

Hillary Clinton: Hillary Clinton’s senatorial and 2008 presidential effort have gotten a combined $12,750 from The Donald, and the Clinton Foundation received between $100,000 to $250,000 from Trump. While Trump previously had nothing but kind words for Clinton, their relationship has turned sour. The $6,300 Hillary’s 2008 campaign received from Trump didn’t stop her from getting “schlonged.”  

Anthony Weiner: The former congressman and husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin has been described by Donald Trump as one of the “great sleezebags of our time.” Trump has also donated $4,300 to Anthony Weiner’s campaign commitee, “Friends of Weiner.”   

Harry Reid The Nevada senator has said that “Donald Trump is standing on a platform of hate.” Reid has received $7,400 from that platform of hate.

Trey Gowdy The South Carolina congressman recently backed Marco Rubio, leading Trump to tweet attacks on the man he previously floated as a future attorney general.

Trump donated $2000 to the congressman in 2014. The Rubio endorsement though changed everything.