The purpose and end goal of feminism is an oft-debated topic. What does it mean? What’s the deal with the waves? What wave are we even in? Is the website you’re currently reading even a feminist website? I don’t have an answer to most of those questions, and all I can give you is my honest opinion which is that I do think, at some point, men should just give women money for no reason other than that women have had to deal with men for so long. Is that feminism? Probably not. But to me, it’s a start!
In an unlikely twist of events, it appears the Trump campaign are in favor of my inclination toward findoming as feminist praxis because they are apparently paying two women $15,000 a month to do pretty much nothing. Of course, I wish almost any other two women alive were the beneficiaries of this financial windfall but, unfortunately, it’s Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump, which really puts a damper on the whole thing.
According to two GOP sources acting as White House advisers, Bradley Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, is paying both women privately though his company so as to avoid having to report out payments directly per FEC reporting requirements. To date, the Trump campaign, RNC, and several super PACs have paid nearly $40 million to Parscale’s firms, who are not required to report out on the payments they are making.
Of course, because there is nothing on record it’s impossible to know if the report is true, but on Friday Parscale told HuffPost, “I can pay them however I want to pay them,” which certainly makes it sound like he’s definitely paying them.
It’s no secret that, since he became the presumptive Republican nominee in 2016, Trump has been profiting directly from donor money. Trump quadrupled the rent charged to his own campaign to stay at Trump Tower in 2016, and although the campaign is now based out of a building in Arlington, Virginia, it continues to pay a smaller portion of that rent. Personally, I feel like if you’re willing to give money to the Trump campaign then you kind of deserve to have your money misused because literally what else did you expect? But still, I can’t believe some of those mismanaged funds totals $180,000 a year for both Lara Trump and Guilfoyle.
One of the anonymous White House advisers described Guilfoyle’s work as, “She’s doing stuff,” so maybe this isn’t an entirely findom situation after all, maybe this is just normal payment for very hard work! I doubt it, but this wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been let down by the Trumps today, and it certainly won’t be the last.