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Donald Trump Has a No Good, Very Bad Day in Denver

Donald Trump would probably tell you he had a good day Friday. Others might have a different take. 

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was in Denver Friday morning at the Western Conservative Summit, "the largest gathering of conservatives outside Washington, DC," its website boasts. Trump tried to sell the crowd on his much-beloved border wall and said America was weak on terrorism. "We can't water-board, [but] they're allowed to chop off heads. They think we are so stupid ... The last person they want to see become President of the United States, believe me, is Donald Trump," he said during a lengthy, non-teleprompted speech.

Oh, and Sarah Palin spoke, too. 
Outside the Summit, protesters held signs calling Trump "the great white dope" and a "capitalist pig." Three protesters were arrested, according to Denver police – two for fighting and one for interfering with police. Police wouldn't confirm how many boots they had on the ground (it's against their policy to reveal such information), but they did say that several teams were deployed, including detectives and SWAT agents. The RTD bus lines in the area were operating on a thirty-minute delay because of the police activity.
Hours earlier, the Washington Post had unleashed one of many promised investigations into Trump. "Did Donald Trump violate IRS rules by using a charity's money to buy himself a signed football helmet?" the first line of the story asks. 

Four years ago, Trump spent $12,000 at an auction for a Tim Tebow-signed Denver Broncos helmet — but apparently the twelve grand wasn't his to spend. "He paid the bill with money from a charity he founded in 1987, but which is largely stocked with other people's money," the Washington Post reported. "Trump is the foundation's president. But, at the time of the auction, Trump had given none of his own money to the foundation for three years running."


In June Trump banned the "phony and dishonest" Post from covering his presidential campaign. 

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Ana Campbell has been Westword's managing editor since 2016. She has worked at magazines and newspapers around the country, picking up a few awards along the way for her writing and editing. She grew up in south Texas.
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