Gee, how could you possibly consider this a problem?

So no more bidding on coffee with Ivanka? Why not? It’s not like anyone wants to take advantage of the situation by trying an end run to curry favor with her dad.

The bidders included at least three businessmen who said in interviews that they saw their donation as an opportunity to have coffee with Ms. Trump to press her for information about her father’s plans as president or to try to urge Mr. Trump to take up an issue important to them.

Okay, well then it’s not like it was going to benefit the Trump brand.

The money raised was set to go to the Eric Trump Foundation, run by Ms. Trump’s younger brother, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee.

Okay, well then it’s not like Eric didn’t see that this was a potential problem and admitted it probably wasn’t the greatest idea.

Eric Trump issued a statement as well, expressing regret that the charity effort had to be called off. “Today, the only people that lost are the children of St. Jude,” his statement said.

Okay, well then it’s not like his foundation was doing anything wrong by using the auction to raise money, since he’s obviously full-committed to the cause.

Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington group that promotes ethics in government, said “there is no reason to have other people underwrite his charitable giving.”

“That is a deflection that misses the whole point,” Ms. McGehee said.

Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump family, did not respond to a question over why Eric Trump did not personally donate the money.

Okay, well no matter what you say, it’s not like the Trumps are doing the things they accused the Clintons of doing with their foundation.

Eric Trump continues to operate the Eric Trump Foundation, which donates about $5 million a year to St. Jude and other causes. Mr. Painter said that the first family should cease all such fund-raising, no matter how noble the cause, or they could find themselves facing the same allegations that Hillary Clinton did over the Clinton Foundation.

For now, Eric Trump has a fund-raiser scheduled in February at the Mar-a-Lago resort that his father owns in Florida, where guests who donate $50,000 are given a “gold” status that offers them special access to the event.

“It sounds like a husband running a large charity while his wife is secretary of state, doesn’t it,” Mr. Painter said. “It is the exact same thing that the Trump family accused the Clintons of abusing.”

Okay, well….

Screw it, I’m out.

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