Washington Post – Donald Trump was in a tuxedo, standing next to his award: a statue of a palm tree, as tall as a toddler. It was 2010, and Trump was being honored by a charity — the Palm Beach Police Foundation — for his “selfless support” of its cause. His support did not include any of his own money. Instead, Trump had found a way to give away somebody else’s money and claim the credit for himself. Trump had earlier gone to a charity in New Jersey — the Charles Evans Foundation, named for a deceased businessman — and asked for a donation. Trump said he was raising money for the Palm Beach Police Foundation. The Evans Foundation said yes. In 2009 and 2010, it gave a total of $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a small charity that the Republican presidential nominee founded in 1987. Then, Trump’s foundation turned around and made donations to the police group in South Florida. In those years, the Trump Foundation’s gifts totaled $150,000.
Alleged “journalist” David Fahrenheit recently published a partisan hit piece on Donald Trump, alleging that his eponymous charity was nothing more than a middle man that solicited contributions and passed them off to other charities as donations. What the Washington Post and Fahrenheit don’t understand is that the way Trump runs his foundation speaks to a deep understanding of the fundamental institutions of the American economy. As Trump has astutely identified, we do not produce anything in America anymore, and that is because we have evolved from a nation of producers to a nation of middle managers. Middle management has become the defining export of American culture and nothing embodies the central ethos of middle management like passing off the achievements of others as your own.
Trump had effectively turned the Evans Foundation’s gifts into his own gifts, without adding any money of his own. On the night that he won the Palm Tree Award for his philanthropy, Trump may have actually made money. The gala was held at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, and the police foundation paid to rent the room. It’s unclear how much was paid in 2010, but the police foundation reported in its tax filings that it rented Mar-a-Lago in 2014 for $276,463.
This technique by Trump to use other’s work and accomplishments in order to earn accolades for yourself is strategically utilized by millions of supervisors, managers, and coordinators nationwide to acquire employee of the month awards and other recognition. Trump understands that middle management is what has made this country great in the past and it is what will allow it to become great again. While other countries like China have been working on developing expertise in “science” and “technology,” in America our economy has stressed the importance of holding meetings and conference calls to report on the progress of previous meetings. Trump understands the downfall of the American middle manager and knows that the key to bringing back the glory days of our economy is to elevate the middle manager to the position of prestige that it once held.
Donald Trump doesn’t do what he does to appeal to liberal elites like the editorial board at the Washington Post, he does it for the average American out there in the heartland. He does it for all the middle managers in places like Tulsa and Omaha who live for jeans on casual Fridays and ensure that Tuesdays through Thursdays are so jam packed with meetings that it is physically impossible to accomplish anything.
While the mainstream media is attempting to vilify Trump’s middle management approach to running the Trump Foundation, in reality he has taken an incredibly brave and admirable strategy in his management. Anyone can donate their own money, but few people are willing to put their neck out on the line and donate other people’s money. It is one thing to look after your own kids, but it takes a special kind of person to be entrusted with the care of another’s child. For many in the billionaire class, their money is more important to them than their own children. Being entrusted with millions of dollars in contributions, Donald Trump is essentially no different than the hero teachers across this country that are tasked with educating future generations of Americans.