Marvel Boss Ike Perlmutter Takes Heat After Donating to Trump’s Veteran Charity

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Ike Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Comics, pledged $1 million Thursday night to Donald Trump’s fundraiser for U.S. military veterans. He helped the Republican presidential frontrunner in his effort to draw attention away from the rest of the GOP candidates, who were debating on Fox News at the time.

But Perlmutter also drew waves of criticism on himself, as social media erupted with critiques, threats to boycott Marvel and rebuttals that said the businessman had the right to support candidates and causes of his choice.

Trump acknowledged the pledge Thursday evening at the fundraiser in Des Moines, saying Perlmutter was “an unbelievable man,” who is “one of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent.” Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star, told an audience at the event that he had received a total of $6 million in pledges for veterans, including a $1 million donation of his own.

Twitter and other social media platforms flowed with derision, and some admiration, for Trump and Perlmutter.

One man on Twitter wrote that Perlmutter’s donation made him part of Trump’s “criminal empire.” Said another: “Ike Perlmutter is the worst. First he said female superhero movies aren’t financially viable and now he donates to Trump. Wow.”

But others said Perlmutter was supporting a good cause and should not be targeted. “People, Marvel (the company) didn’t give money to Trump,” tweeted one individual. “CEO Ike Perlmutter (wealthy private citizen) did. There’s a difference.” Another didn’t quite know how to respond, saying: “Conflicted about Ike Perlmutter donating to Trump. Could easily boycott Marvel, but the writers and artists are who I really support.”

The Perlmutter family made headlines last summer when it was reported that the Marvel boss’ wife, Laura, had donated $2 million to one of Trump’s Republican rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Perlmutter, a 73-year-old Israeli Army veteran who immigrated to the U.S. after the 1967 Six Day War, had previously lent support to veterans groups. And earlier this week, Marvel committed to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

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  1. Calvin Van Dusen says:

    You liberals are an unruly rabble of biased hipocrites.

    Dear global community;
    Hollywood is not a representation of America. They are the worst form of evil. They process to champion the exact rights they promote–the underbelly of racism, exclusion and narrow-mindedness.

    I’d go on but you would be a waste of even one more thought.

    Except: Go Trump!

  2. me says:

    yet another person who engaged in wrongethink and got punished for it

  3. Arthur Greenwald says:

    Ironically Marvel’s support of the controversial Wounded Warrior Project may bring even greater criticism…

  4. No one shall be permitted to stray from the twitter unimind.

  5. SeniorsTn9 says:

    UPDATE: 2016/01/29 Trump won the debate he didn’t even participate in. No surprise here. If Fox News learned anything then we will not see a repeat of this nonsense. We are interested in the candidates not some reporter trying to make a name for themselves at the expense of candidates.
    Now that the nonsense is almost over let’s focus on our future! Special interest groups fear Trump because they have everything to lose. Clinton = Yesterday. Trump = Tomorrow. Take back America for Americans. Vote for Trump. Trump will make America great again. It is that simple.

  6. Alex says:

    Mr Perlmutter should do what “The Donald” does, tell his critics where to get off! Look at all the libs that work for 20th Century Fox, they don’t seem to mind taking Rupert Murdock’s (a conservative) money. The Hollywood left has no idea how stupid they sound sometimes.

  7. ObserverMI says:

    The same crowd that gives ‘their money’ to…. Hillary Clinton! Hello?
    The same that continue to give their money to Obama’s out stretched pockets when he comes to town.
    Yet they want to shut down someone else own choice of where they’re money goes? Such hypocrites.

    At least Veterans are getting something, (our government ‘still fails’ to provide them) by his donation.
    Look at what they get when they give to Hillary, Obama and their party. ‘No’ comparison in my opinion.

  8. Sjwscancer says:

    Liberals literally can’t handle people with opposing opinions. If anyone hates diversity it’s liberals and this is a perfect example.

  9. Mary S says:

    Donated to Trump “for veterans”…does that mean he’ll give the money AFTER Trump is elected and can do things for veterans?? If the donation is “for veterans” why not just give it to one of the other organizations, like the DAV? Wounded Warriors Project is great, maybe the DAV could use some extra funding, too!

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