Donald Trump no longer has a 747 flying under the Air Force One call sign. He no longer has his Boeing 757 in flying condition either. It has fallen into disrepair needing maintenance and missing parts.
He recently had a well-publicized incident where the plane he was in – not his own – had to make an emergency landing. The Dassault Falcon 900 which was taking him from an event in New Orleans to Palm beach suffered an engine failure. His team used the opportunity to fundraise for a new plane.
The fundraising email said he had “a very important update on his plane” and asked potential donors if they remember how the former president used to travel across the U.S. in his own “Trump Force One” before he became “the greatest President of all time.”
The email included a GIF of a plane taking off with a poll giving donors “yes” or “no” options if they wanted to see his new plane.
The poll links to a donation page that asks supporters to “Contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to send your response to President Trump!”
It’s not as though the plane that had problems was his own, and he presents himself as having such wealth that he could afford a jet without donations from The Poors. (He could also, presumably, afford maintenance on his personal 757, registration N757AF.)
The email asked, “DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE NEW TRUMP FORCE ONE?” And under his byline wrote,
Actual billionaires might vertically integrate meat production and distribution to create branded high-quality steaks. They do not, however, license their name for a low seven figure amount to promote steaks of indeterminate quality. In fairness, Forbes estimates a net worth of $2.1 billion however federal election filings suggested a self-reported (and therefore possibly exaggerated) $1.5 billion net worth in 2015 before things started going south.