Sean Hannity, Donald Trump (Credit: Fox News)

WATCH: Donald Trump whines to Sean Hannity about the "bad publicity" his lying about veteran donations is producing

Because it's the media's fault he had to be shamed into donating the money he claimed to have already donated


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 1, 2016 5:17PM (UTC)

On Hannity Tuesday evening, host Sean Hannity interviewed Donald Trump about, among other things, the veterans donation scandal that is currently rocking the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign.

Trump admitted that it was partly his fault, since he flat-out said when he skipped the Fox debate in January that he would donate the money collected at his rally to veterans groups -- which he finally did, last week, after The Washington Post published an investigation into why he hadn't already done so.

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Despite being what actually happened, that's not how Hannity or Trump envision what occurred. Hannity played a clip in which Trump claimed that "I didn't want the credit for raising all this money for the vets, I wasn't looking for the credit" -- which is as bald-faced as lies get, given that he just admitted that he told everyone at and watching his rally that he was "raising money for the vets."

The press, Trump told Hannity, "covers me so inaccurately, because I raised $5.6 million for the vets and it was a horrible experience with the press. And by the way, when I raised this money, I took zero in administrative costs. Some of these people, they raise $1 million and take $950,000 in administrative costs."

"So I raised $5.6 million and I have bad publicity," he added, striking a self-interested note that would quickly become a refrain. "Can you believe it? Instead of being thanked, or being treated nicely by the press, I get bad publicity."

Hannity leapt to Trump's defense, noting that it took him time to disperse these funds because he was "vetting them, which by the way, is the responsible thing to do." Which, while true, isn't what Trump's campaign actually did, as the donation to the "F"-rated Foundation for American Veterans indicates.

Trump agreed, but it was clear what really bothered him. "The publicity I got," he said, "honestly, Sean, it makes people in my position say, 'If we're going to raise money for these great, great groups and get criticized, it's easier not to do it.'"

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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