During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric helped him forge a powerful alliance with a non-profit group dedicated to families of those killed by undocumented immigrants, but now some of those families are alleging they were exploited by both President Trump and the non-profit group hat was purportedly trying to help them.
Brenda Sparks told Politico this week that she feels that Trump and the Remembrance Project organization used her son’s death at the hands of an undocumented immigrant in 2011 to gain money and power — and then left her and several other families like hers with nothing to show for it.
“We were used, abused and exploited, and what’s worse is that my son was used abused and exploited and is still being used, abused and exploited,” said Sparks, who appeared onstage with Trump at rallies last summer. “Trump used the Remembrance Project to get to us, and the Remembrance Project also used him.”
The so-called “angel mom” alleges that the Remembrance Project — a non-profit group that says it’s dedicated to “educating and raising awareness of the epidemic of killings of Americans by individuals who should not have been in the country in the first place” — used their stories to raise money but didn’t do anything to help them out financially, despite the organization’s suggestions that it would.
“Trump used the Remembrance Project to get to us, then used us in campaign ads for political gain,” she told the publication.
Other families interviewed by the website said they felt they’d been lied to by Remembrance Project founder Maria Espinoza, who “used them to get close to Trump, and to boost her own profile and influence.”
Sorry, folks. You’ve been conned.