Shit, meet fan: the New York Attorney General’s office has just ordered the Trump Foundation to stop accepting donations. TIME magazine reports that the Attorney General’s charities division has issued a notice of violation that “the Donald J. Trump Foundation… is in violation of section 172 of Article 7-A [of] New York’s Executive Law, which requires charitable organizations that solicit contributions in New York State to register with the Charities Bureau and to provide annual financial reports and annual audited financial statements.” In case you’re wondering if you read that right, yes, this means that Trump has either not registered the Foundation as a charity, or he’s failed to provide annual reports and financial statements (or both.)
Six months ago, this would have seemed like a remarkable oversight, but given what we’ve learned about Donald Trump over the course of his increasingly calamitous candidacy, it’s pretty much par for the course. If anything good comes out of this whole sorry business, it’s that Trump might end up being prosecuted for some of the things that have come to light due to him running for president — the models, the apparent Cuba trade embargo violation, the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl, the questionable tax declarations, and various things that we’ve probably forgotten because there are so many others. Unless, of course, he actually wins the election, in which case all of these problems will probably disappear mysteriously as we watch in horror from our new office UNDER THE SEA.