A new low: Trump-haters accuse him of burying Ivana at his Bedminster golf course to score a trifecta tax break

From the moment Donald Trump came down the escalator and announced that he would run for President in the 2016 election, Americans have witnessed the ugly depths to which liberals will happily plummet in their attempts to demonize him, but few of the baseless accusations have been quite as tasteless and completely void of human empathy as the tweet sent Saturday by “tax researcher” and Dartmouth sociology professor Brooke Harrington.

According to Harrington, Trump buried Ivana Trump, the mother of three of his children, at his Bedminster golf club so that he could claim a New Jersey state cemetery tax exemption.

Following her untimely death from a fall down the stairs in her luxurious New York home, Ivana, 73, was laid to rest near the first tee of Trump’s Bedminster golf course on July 20, and less than two weeks after her death, Harrington, totally unfazed by any sense of decency or compassion for Ivana’s children and grandchildren, sent her vile tweet.

“As a tax researcher, I was skeptical of rumors Trump buried his ex-wife in that sad little plot of dirt on his Bedminster, NJ golf course just for tax breaks,” Harrington wrote. “So I checked the NJ tax code & folks… it’s a trifecta of tax avoidance. Property, income & sales tax, all eliminated.”

On a screenshot of the New Jersey Cemetery Act, Harrington highlighted the definition of “Cemetery company” — which said “any individual, corporation, partnership, association or other public or private entity which owns, operates, controls, or manages land or places used or dedicated for use for burial of human remains” — and the portion of the Act which explains that cemetery companies are exempt from real property taxes, income tax, and sales and use taxes.

In a follow-up tweet, Harrington noted that New Jersey doesn’t stipulate a minimum number of human remains are needed to constitute a cemetery company, adding that it “looks like one corpse will suffice to make at least 3 forms of tax vanish.”

And in a third tweet, Harrington linked her followers to the non-profit group Propublica, which published a Trump Family Trust document showing “they have sought to designate a property in Hackettstown, NJ… as a non-profit cemetery company.”

In its coverage of the salacious tweet storm, the Daily Mail cited a 2017 feature in the Washington Post in which Trump’s company filings stated, “Mr. Trump… specifically chose this property for his final resting place as it is his favorite property.”

So it is entirely plausible that it was Ivana’s children who wished to someday have their mother and father buried together, in a place their father loves.

By Harrington’s own admission, Donald Trump was not Ivana’s next of kin and would not have been the one to decide where she was laid to rest.

Of course in Harrington’s sick mind, would mean that Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and potentially Ivana’s mother are hateful human beings who were willing to sell Ivana’s body “for a handful of silver.”

Regardless of the actual truth behind the heartless rumors, what Harrington and her blue-check buddies fail to realize is that drooling over such morbid speculations under any circumstances — let alone for the purpose of scoring political points — is less of a reflection on the business practices of Donald Trump than it is a shocking reflection of their own barren souls.

Melissa Fine


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