Larry Mizel Continues To Help Donald Trump. Why?

Larry Mizel.

Larry Mizel.

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s next fundraiser in Colorado set for August 25th in Aspen, we just wanted to note again for the record who Trump’s go-to guy for fundraising in our state is once again, not matter what controversy Trump steps in–as the Denver Business Journal reports:

Larry Mizel, CEO of Denver-based homebuilder [M.D.C. Holdings], will host a fundraiser for Donald Trump and the Republican Party at a home in Aspen…

Mizel — a longtime supporter of Republican causes — is co-chair of Republican presidential candidate Trump’s Colorado campaign. He founded M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE: MDC) — which does business as Richmond American Homes — in 1972.

He also reportedly co-hosted a Trump fundraiser in June along with beer executive Pete Coors at the Cherry Hills Village home of former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan.

As we’ve noted previously, local Republican kingmaker Larry Mizel has a very long history of philanthropy in addition to his support for Republican candidates and causes. Mizel is among other things the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading international Jewish human rights organization. The Wiesenthal Center has condemned the rhetoric used by Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail, saying his attacks on Muslims “hurts the legitimate campaign against Islamist Fundamentalism and demeans law abiding American citizens.” Numerous instances of Trump’s campaign and message either being directly influenced by anti-Semitic extremists or at least inspiring them have added to the campaign’s unprecedented appeals to division.

It is with all of this in mind that we are obliged to ask the question that no one in the Colorado media seems to be able to ask: why is Larry Mizel backing Donald Trump? It seems to us that if Mizel had a compelling story to tell about his support for Trump, it might help respond to the onslaught of attacks over Trump’s divisiveness. Even if Mizel doesn’t have a good reason for standing by Trump as he offends basically the entire world, the media has an obligation to call him to account as one of the nation’s leading Jewish philanthropists–no matter how influential he may be or what media outlets he furtively buys.

With the media reporting daily now on the massive liability that supporting Donald Trump represents for Republican politicians, it’s time to turn that scrutiny on Trump’s behind-the-scenes enablers like Larry Mizel. Mizel owes the public an explanation for why he, one of the state’s foremost philanthropists and civic leaders, is supporting one of the most divisive politicians in modern American history.

Or perhaps Larry Mizel doesn’t deserve the high status he enjoys.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Maybe someone needs to ask Mr. Mizel about this rather than just speculating on a web site.

    • Moderatus says:

      Maybe it's a free country and Larry Mizel can support who he wants.

      • BlueCat says:

        Of course he can. And everyone else is free to comment on it. You do understand that's how it works. Just hypothetically (wink) If you say something and I say you're a stupid schmuck for saying it, your freedom to be a stupid schmuck isn't being interfered with at all. Free country preserved.

  2. davebarnes says:

    Maybe Larry is hedging his bets.

  3. Gray in Mountains says:

    Hope someone also asks Pete Coors

  4. mamajama55 says:

    Bluecat, please re-post your in-character scolding of Larry Mizel. It's priceless.

    • BlueCat says:

      A while back. Could take a lot of scrolling to find! In the meantime on behalf of my tribe… sorry! 

      • mamajama55 says:

        Found it. Enjoy.

        BlueCat says:

        June 30, 2016 at 7:03 PM MDT

        Shame on you, Larry. You know what they say…. You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

        An educated, respected Jew, an important man in the community, supporting Trump? That lousy goniff whose business model is the big take the money, declare bankruptcy and run con, who swindles desperate people with his phony institute and university, urging them to max out their cards and spend their kids' college funds and gives them nothing more in return than an infomercial, who attracts white supremacists and neo-Nazis like flies? Like flies, Larry, to a stinking turd.

        It's a shondah, Larry. For shame. 

        Oh and, one more thing. It's not as if we entered WWII and ended the holocaust under a Republican administration, Larry. Republicans wanted no part of it. They wanted no part of us in general. It was exactly the kind of bigotry that Trump encourages that put pressure on the government not to admit Jews fleeing for their lives.

        You lie down with dogs, Larry, you get up with fleas.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Why? Why? Why?

    You really wanna' know why?

    Shitbirds* of a feather . . . 

    After the Trump casinos filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 for the third time, state officials noticed the company had not been filling out the required schedule for the minimum tax assessment. The Trump casinos had reported losing money and paid a little more than $600,000 in state income taxes in 2002, and only $1,500 in 2003. State auditors determined that the Trump casinos should have paid $8.8 million in alternative minimum taxes for those two years, according to court records.

    (PS — that one paragraph alone tells you all you will ever need to know about Drumpf and his Mizelian ilk.  This one article is, alone all by itself, worth the price of an annual NYT subscription.)

    * My sincerest apologies to any shitbirds offended by any implied association between you and Drumpf and Mizel. 

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