Over the weekend, President Trump evidently had a rare moment of charitability...
As he was pictured putting what seemed to be a very large wad of cash into a church collection box.
via: GettyI know, it seems a bit out of character, doesn't it?
But photographs don't lie.
via: GettyWell, most of the time they don't.
Yep, some people aren't too convinced by the president's random act of generosity...
via: GettyAnd many believe there's a little more to the candid snaps than initially meets the eye.
Now, we are mere weeks away from the highly anticipated presidential election...
via: GettySo, of course, Trump is trying to salvage the little reputation he has left.
Because, as you will all be aware...
via: GettyIt seems that he has some serious competition from his Democratic rival, Joe Biden - although Trump probably wouldn't admit that himself.
Of course, the election couldn't have fallen on a worse year...
via: GettyBut it has been powering on ahead... Despite many major setbacks.
The first presidential debate was held on September 29th in Cleveland.
via: GettyEntering into the debate, Biden had a significant and persistent lead in the polls. Biden's lead was compounded by a cash crunch in Trump's campaign, with Biden's campaign donations improving significantly.
President Trump was obviously aware of this...
via: GettyAnd in the weeks running up the debate, he attempted to cast doubt over Biden's abilities, claiming that he was suffering from dementia and that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs. Trump even requested Biden to take a drug test before the debate.
But overall, the ninety-minute debate, that was held by Fox News' Chris Wallace, was a bitter one.
via: GettyBoth Trump and Biden seemed to have a field day throwing insults at one another and calling each other out.
The whole debate was certainly made personal...And it didn't leave a pleasant taste in the mouths of viewers who were, quite frankly, left feeling disgusted at what they had just witnessed.
It all felt very disorganized...
This debate is unfortunately between a steamroller with no operator & a Roomba that got stuck in a corner— Aparna Nancherla (@Aparna Nancherla)1601428943.0
Trump's presidential campaign seems to be hitting rocks...And things took an ultimate turn for the worst when at the start of October, the President and the First Lady, Melania, tested positive for COVID-19. Trump insisted that they immediately went into self-isolation together and that they felt fine, but after just a few days, he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Centre.
Despite the huge worry surrounding Trump's health...
via: GettyHe was discharged just a few days later and insisted to the nation that all we need to do is to "learn to live with COVID", which was very concerning to hear.
In the days following his diagnosis, Trump continued to insist on how he was "feeling better than ever."
via: GettyBut when Joe Biden proposed making the next presidential debate a virtual one in the interest of health and safety, Trump put his foot down.
FYI, this wasn't just Biden's idea.
via: GettyThe Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the October 15th town hall-style debate in Miami would take place virtually as health experts raised concerns about whether it would be safe to hold the event in person given Trump is still recovering from COVID-19.
The virtual debate that was scheduled to go ahead on the 15th of October was officially canceled due to Trump's refusal.
via: GettyFor some reason, the proposition of a virtual debate infuriated the President and he boldly said he "wouldn't waste his time" on it.
So instead, Joe Biden participated in a Philadelphia town hall forum moderated by ABC's George Stephanopoulos...
via: GettyAnd in typical Trump fashion, the President announced at the last minute that he would hold his own town hall forum in Miami at exactly the same time, hosted by NBC.
The whole campaign process has been nothing short of shambolic.
via: GettySo it wasn't surprising this weekend to see Trump attempting to salvage that last bit of respect from potential voters.
But it was in a slightly different way than usual.
via: GettyInstead of shouting down reporters or making inflammatory claims about his Democratic opponent, Trump was seen actually donating money to a Las Vegas church.
Trump went along to the high-energy International Church of Las Vegas for the service yesterday...
via: GettyAnd joined in with the musical service-turned-campaign rally with full gusto.
And, as the church's donation bucket was passed around...
via: GettyThe president was seen putting what looked like a handful of $20 bills into the box.
How much money is that, Donald?
via: GettyBut, of course, many are questioning the authenticity behind the president's act of generosity.
@thehill You could see how it much it pained him to donate money.— Andrew Lewis (@Andrew Lewis)1603051333.0
@thehill You can tell in his body language that he's both extremely uncomfortable parting with his money, and he's… https://t.co/j6as4i2JPM— ±𝔻𝕠𝕔_𝕄𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕥𝕠𝕟± (@±𝔻𝕠𝕔_𝕄𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕥𝕠𝕟±)1603052087.0
@Sewitina @thehill Everyone knows what an "offering" in church is. I think the news here is that donald was in chur… https://t.co/hTSG4i0bJ0— Sandy 💔💔 🌊🌊🌊 (@Sandy 💔💔 🌊🌊🌊)1603060689.0
@KhanChucka @thehill No way he does that if he's not in the front row with the camera on him.— David James (@David James)1603053433.0
However, on the other hand...Some people can't see the issue with his act of kindness - the president can still donate to a church without having malicious intent, right?
@thehill All these upset comments over a dude putting money in a collection plate. Seek help.— Eric Newbury 🎃 (@Eric Newbury 🎃)1603054557.0
@programmerpyjs @thehill I'm a Republican and think it was a nothing, pointless video. I don't think he had any ide… https://t.co/MUv7j4iY3p— David, Just One of the Daves You Know (@David, Just One of the Daves You Know)1603054723.0
You can see the video of his controversial donation here.
WATCH: President Trump gives money during services at the International Church of Las Vegas. https://t.co/ZJIKpHm2Sr— The Hill (@The Hill)1603051260.0