NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump skipped a debate in January and held a fundraiser instead, claiming to have raised $6 million for veterans.
Now a group of vets is asking: where’s the money?READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Changes To Intake At Rikers Island After Isaabdul Karim's Death, 12th In Last 12 Months
About a dozen rallied outside Trump Tower in New York, charging Trump has been less than forthcoming about what’s being done with the money raised.
“He has failed to show where a lot of that money went and he failed to raise as much as he claimed to have raised,” said Alexander McCoy, the ex-Marine who organized the demonstration.
The Trump campaign admitted recently the amount of money raised was about $4.5 million.
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“The missing money is part of a longer pattern of using veterans as political props,” said Perry O’Brien, who served in Afghanistan. “Donald Trump has never served. As far as those of us who are gathered here can see, Donald Trump only seems interested in serving himself.”
“It is unacceptable for Donald Trump to try to take advantage of the goodwill that American voters feel for our men and women in uniform to try and get votes,” said McCoy, adding Trump is a fraud who owes vets an apology. “We need to know that we can rely upon our next president to live up to the commitments we’ve made to American veterans.”
McCoy said the group of anti-Trump vets has no name or organization, just some shared concerns that helped them find each other on social media.
“Donald Trump would be a reckless and dangerous commander in chief who would make America less safe,” McCoy said.
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