Mar-a-Lago char­ity de­bate has gone to the dogs

Big Dog Ranch Res­cue ad­dresses re­turn to Trump’s club with new ca­nine mas­cot.

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So the folks at Big Dog Ranch Res­cue de­cided to ad­dress their re­turn to The Mara-Lago Club with a new spokesman: an eye­glass wear­ing Weimaraner.

The ca­nine “au­thor” of an ad­ver­tise­ment that ap­peared in last Sun­day’s Shiny Sheet opined that pol­i­tics shouldn’t be an is­sue, see­ing as “some dogs are pro-mail­men and some aren’t;” de­nies “lift­ing my leg on a se­ri­ous is­sue;” and urged fo­cus­ing on things that mat­ter, such as tummy rubs.

We see the clever hand of smar­ty­pants pub­li­cist Chase Scott at work here. Just say­ing.

As a mat­ter of fact, those might be his eye­glasses the pooch is wear­ing.

No grinch — Com­ing soon to a hol­i­day mailbox near you: POTUS him­self.

Not Don­ald Trump him­self, ac­tu­ally, but his voice, and his smil­ing face wear­ing a Santa hat, stand­ing be­hind a ban­ner read­ing “Make Christ­mas Great Again.”

Open the card, and the script reads “Christ­mas is not Fake News. Merry Christ­mas!” as the pres­i­dent’s own voice, in a snip­pet lifted from a cam­paign speech, says “We are go­ing to start say­ing ‘Merry Christ­mas’ again. Merry Christ­mas.”

So, the pres­i­dent’s im­age, the pres­i­dent’s voice, his cam­paign speech and a twist bor­rowed from his cam­paign slo­gan. One might think this is like wav­ing a red Santa hat in front of a liti­gious bull, but our lawyer friends — the ones who aren’t in pri­son — say that all is pub­lic do­main.

Shan­non Don­nelly

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