Did Donald Trump Donate to NAMBLA? No, But Here's Why the Rumor has Spread

Circulating in the depths of the internet is a rumor that, while made originally in jest, has taken on a life of its own. Originating on places like Reddit, people started wondering aloud if Trump had supported NAMBLA, or the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Why Trump? Why NAMBLA? And what has come of the rumor? Read on.

Donald Trump has a history of saying outrageous things. Not "outrageous" as in "politically incorrect," but "outrageous" as in exceptionally false. Hillary Clinton has made many false statements, but Donald Trump, for all his "tells it like it is" persona, puts Clinton to shame according to PolitiFact.
From accusing Ted Cruz's dad of helping to assassinate JFK, to accusing Hillary Clinton of rigging debates a year before she and Trump were nominees, to saying unemployment was possibly 42%, Mr. Trump has made up quite a bit of information. And he does it in a very similar way most of the time: by saying "others" are "talking" or "writing" about it, and he's simply relaying what these "others" are saying. For whatever reason, Mr. Trump believes that either these "others" are telling the truth or he is simply using them as an excuse to spread wild conspiracy theories.

Take this response from Trump when asked about his comment that President Obama "does not understand radicalized Muslim terrorists or 'he gets it better than anybody understands:'"
"Well, there are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. A lot of people think maybe he doesn’t want to know about it. I happen to think that he just doesn’t know what he’s doing, but there are many people that think maybe he doesn’t want to get it. He doesn’t want to see what’s really happening. And that could be."
Or his statement on why the mother of a slain soldier did not speak at the DNC:
"I saw him. He was very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me. His wife … if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me. But plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet, and it looked like she had nothing to say. A lot of people have said that."
These statements are not ones based in reality and are purposely misleading, but done so in a way to deflect blame from Trump because, he believes, he can respond, "I didn't say those things... others did! I just repeated them and asked a question."

Which is where the NAMBLA rumor started. "Others are saying" something that is clearly false, but hey, I'm not saying it, my unnamed sources are. So when you hear about the rumor, you won't see someone say, "Trump donated money to NAMBLA." Instead, it will be statements like this:
"I've heard from some very smart people that Donald Trump is the President of NAMBLA. If you upvote this, this picture will appear when searching for "tax returns", "pedophile", or 'NAMBLA."
Or this:
"Why doesn’t Trump want to release his? Could it be because he donated a sizable amount of money to NAMBLA and he wants to cover it up? I’m not saying Trump donated money to NAMBLA, but people are saying that. It’s something I’ve heard, but I don’t believe Donald Trump donated several million dollars to NAMBLA over the last several years. Still, if he did that would be a great reason to not release his tax returns. But look, I’m not here to say whether or not Donald Trump donated millions to NAMBLA, I’m just here to let you know that every candidate has released his tax returns over the last 40 years, so there has to be a reason he doesn’t, and several very smart people are saying he contributed millions of dollars to NAMBLA."
The point of this is that Trump, who used very similar verbiage when talking about Obama's birth certificate, says false things all the time under the guise of "reporting facts." The problem for him is that people can do the same to him.
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3 comments:

  1. That is...pretty hilarious, actually. I mean, obviously I don't think Trump actually did donate anything to NAMBLA...mostly because that would require Trump actually DONATING money, which he does far less than he claims to do based on what research I've done.
    But the fact that someone is using the same kind of baseless attack on him that he used against President Obama during the whole Birther debacle, to use one example, is pretty hilarious.
    Very, very curious to see what happens next.

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    1. I don't know... I'm hearing more and more that Donald Trump won't release his tax returns because he donated loads to NAMBLA. Loads! I'm not claiming I know why he won't release his tax returns, though even Nixon released them. Just saying that this chatter about Trump being sympathetic to pedophiles is VERY troubling, and that googling 'Trump Nambla' returns over 34000 results. If somebody knows something, they should come forward! Worrisome!

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  2. Whether the whole trump/NAMBLA thing is true or not, it's not like it doesn't have a very real basis. There are allegations of it going back all the way to 1994 https://medium.com/@DOdeadswitch/donald-trump-and-secret-societies-did-the-republican-nominee-fund-the-north-american-man-boy-love-cf4ba136688f#.vlxkz2z8i with well documented ties of trump to many secret societies. There's also his payoff of Reid in 2011 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/4/28/970864/- under suspicious circumstances, as well as attacks and harrasment of journalists https://www.buzzfeed.com/quietusavoided/trump-campaign-goes-on-attack-in-face-of-nambla-ru-2imxn reporting on the story. It's looking worse and worse for him ever since Ailes had to leave Fox news.

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