UH OH, Ivanka Trump is Laying the Groundwork for Her New Grift and It’s Bad News
Ivanka Trump has been keeping pretty quiet since dear old dad left his job in January, except for a photo opp appearance she did with former Trump spiritual adviser antigay nutjob televangelist Paula White in March. She hasn’t done any interviews and has made few public appearances.
Looks like that’s about to change, however, and some folks speculate Ivanka is back on the grift again, Queerty reports.
Axios is reporting Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner will be serving as “informal advisers” at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI), a newly established non-profit, and yes, that name does sound kind of grift-y.
On its website, AFPI ambiguously states:
“AFPI exists to conduct research and develop policies that put the American people first. Our guiding principles are liberty, free enterprise, national enterprise, American military superiority, foreign-policy engagement in the American interest, and the primacy of American workers, families, and communities in all we do.”
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I hope whoever wrote that was paid well because it sounds like a pile of fanciful words that signify nothing. Even more questionable is this: The group’s first-year budget is set to be a massive $20 million, and in its second year that budget is expected to double to an even more massive $40 million.
“It’s not clear how AFPI plans to fundraise, though if it’s anything like how Trump’s campaign did it, it’ll be wildly underhanded and deceitful. Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that over the course of the 2020 election, Team Trump ripped off unwitting supporters for tens of millions of dollars through a simple yet extremely shady scheme in which the default option for donations authorized the campaign to transfer the pledged amount from people’s bank accounts not once, but every single week. Later, the campaign introduced a second prechecked box that doubled a person’s contribution and was known internally as a “money bomb.”
Yeah, that sounds like something the Trump campaign would do, doesn’t it? It smacks of Trump’s sticky fingers.
And AFPI, Queerty notes, is hiring other experienced grifters: failed presidential candidate Rick Perry, Fox News personality Larry Kudlow, Florida’s Pam Bondi (who, as an adviser to the former president, spewed all sorts of misinformation about “fake ballots), and former WWE president Linda McMahon. So yeah, this sounds like a questionable group of people.
AFPI just launched its social pages this week and wouldn’t you know it, Twitter users already have some unflattering comments.
This looks like an @IvankaTrump grift
— Farmhousesparkle (@Farmhousespark) April 14, 2021
The grift is undefeated
— whosane 🇺🇲 (@itsthewhosane) April 13, 2021
So when’s your first Insurrection planned?
— The New Stuart (@TheNewStuart1) April 14, 2021
I think you should rename to “Grifter policy institute”
— Ziven Havens (@ZivenHavens) April 13, 2021
FAKE, Ivanka and Jared are NOT America First!
— NotKEEBLER (@MKeebleG) April 14, 2021
How unsurprising that Ivanka is signing on with this. There’s just nothing more that she loves than a good grift.