Last night, as you may have heard, Donald Trump showed how he was the toughest guy on the planet, who can stand up to Putin and Kim Jong Il, by running away from Megyn Kelly, the world’s most terrifying person. Instead of being grilled by Fox personnel on the GOP debate, Trump launched his own, by all accounts, “boring,” fundraiser for the troops and he announced several donations, including $1 million from Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter.
Trump praised Perlmutter as “An unbelievable Man, he did such a great job — one of the great great men of our country in terms of business and talent.” (You can see the mention at the 1 minute mark in the above video.
A rep for Perlmutter said “The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans.”
Perlmutter and his wife Laura have a long history of charitable donations, including $50 million to NYU to name the Isaac and Laura Perlmutter Cancer Center, one of the most prestigious research centers in the nation. As the first tlink shows, the couple have their own long running charity foundation, although the causes it supports are unknown
Earlier last year, Laura Perlmutter donated $2 million to a superPAC supporting another presidential candidate, Florida senator Marco Rubio. (The Perlmutters are part time Florida residents, where they are engaged in a vicious lawsuit with neighbors over a tennis court.)
While Trump touted his event as a fundraiser for veterans, all the money is actually being routed through his own charitable foundation, as reported on the conservative website The Daily Caller. So you can argue that this is either a political donation or a charitable donation, depending on how you feel.
As I’ve reported in the past, Perlmutter is definitely a good businessman, but a harsh one, whose draconian budgetary measures have been a thorn in Marvel’s side for over a decade—Perlmutter’s attempt to spread his values to the rest of Disney has been partially successful, with Consumer Products at least taking on some of his methods—including some say, Perlmutter’s veto of Black Widow and other female-based toys. However, Perlmutter’s influence on Marvel Studios was abruptly cut off when Kevin Feige staged a bold escape last summer.
A lot of outrage over this on social media, but I got news for you: very very rich people like other very very rich people. It’s why they have clubs and shit where they don’t let poor people in. Perlmutter is a known recluse but it’s possible he and the Donald have had some run ins over their long reigns over their various New York City based kingdoms. Rubio looked like a winner before he started actually talking and drinking water, so you gotta go with the front runner now. That’s common sense.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.