“Trump’s stake in Sanofi is too small to factor in to his decision-making” implies a hypothetical dollar amount at which Trump’s stake in Sanofi becomes improper, which is an interesting approach to ethics law— Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) April 7, 2020
David Matthews, Splinter, July 23, 2015:And let’s not forget, “In 1990, Spy sent 13-cent checks to the world's richest people. Only two cashed them: an arms dealer & Donald Trump.”— John Reeves (@reevesjw) April 7, 2020
Donald Trump! Everyone is talking about Trump ... He's running for President right now and claims to be worth a lot of money. Did you know he once cashed a check for 13 cents that a magazine sent him as an experiment to see if he'd cash it? Because that happened once!
Published between 1986 and 1998, Spy magazine was the hip, satirical, bomb-throwing magazine du jour, and in 1990 the writers had a great idea for a prank: What would happen if you sent checks for small amounts to celebrities and saw who cashed them, putting to test the theory that every man (and woman) has a price? In their words:
We could however, send them checks for minuscule sums of money—sums so small they couldn't fund as much as a minute of the recipients' existence—and see who would bother to bank these teensy amounts of money.Spy thought "some subterfuge" would be necessary—it'd be suspicious to get a check from the magazine that lampooned so many of the intended recipients. This was specifically true for Trump, who Spy once famously referred to as a "short-fingered vulgarian."
So, they created a fully funded and incorporated company called National Refund Clearinghouse, which allowed them to open a checking account. Then they drafted a letter explaining that the check was a refund for a small overcharge that had occurred in 1988—what the celebrities had been overcharged for was never mentioned. They sent the checks out (initially for $1.11) to 58 well-known people like Cher, Henry Kissinger, and, of course, Donald Trump. Of the 58, 26 cashed the checks—Donald included.
The magazine drafted a followup letter and checks for $0.64 to those 26 people to see who would take more free money. Thirteen—including Donald Trump—deposited the checks worth two quarters, a dime, and four pennies into their banks.
Then they went for one last score: in honor of those 13 people, 13 more checks for $0.13. Two people cashed them: a Saudi arms dealer named Adnan Khashoggi, and Donald Trump.
Ah, naturally:— Gus Bova (@gusbova) April 7, 2020
"The doctor who prescribed [hydroxychloroquine] to 27 residents of The Resort at Texas City was Robin Armstrong, the nursing home’s medical director and a prominent GOP activist who serves as a surrogate for the Trump campaign" https://t.co/TDmTgwrie5
Jar Jar Binks after seeing you bench press 250lbs: https://t.co/TkZUGN2Fcc— - ̗̀ New! ̖́- Goose Boose (@Goosenpai) April 6, 2020
The president of the United States is getting pandemic management advice from his lawyer, who is himself getting advice from a shady Long Island doctor and a pharmacist who....extorted Steven Seagal https://t.co/2r1VEuHaUt pic.twitter.com/blUWDRGCQD— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 6, 2020
I have no idea what I say to people and haven’t checked the words that came out of my mouth even as recordings of them circulate. I meant what I said even though I can’t say for sure what I said. Anyway, here’s some umbrage & self-pity & nothing about all these sailors with COVID https://t.co/1d7GBmfOY6— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) April 6, 2020
"When I was informed of the remarks that I made, I was first shocked, then disappointed. In conclusion, all this shit is somehow still entirely about me." https://t.co/iXvmiZsBGu— David Roth (@david_j_roth) April 7, 2020
A "fun" thing with Trump is that when he acts somber for like an hour and elite journos talk about how He's Really Serious Now, you can basically start counting down to him talking about his dick in response to a question about mass death. https://t.co/wDjm9mChkr— David Roth (@david_j_roth) April 4, 2020