Singer, songwriter and Big & Rich member John Rich held out hope until the end that Donald Trump would prevail over former Vice-President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, even after national headlines and court decisions left little hope for a second term. In fact, Rich was confident enough late in the process to bet against Nashville-based journalist Adam Gold, with the loser donating $10,000 of his own money to charity.
Rich was true to his word, pledging $10,000 to military charity Folds of Honor on Biden's Inauguration Day.
It's a good day for @FoldsofHonor as they are receiving a $10,000 donation to fulfill the charitable wager made between myself and a Biden supporter. #FoldsOfHonor puts kids through college who lost a parent in combat, and it's the #1 military charity organization in America!
— John Rich (@johnrich) January 20, 2021
Per Rich's tweet, Folds of Honor "puts kids through college who lost a parent in combat, and it's the #1 military charity organization in America!"
A Dec. 8, 2020 Twitter exchange began with Gold asking Rich if he's still feeling good about his claims that Biden got named president-elect way too soon after the Supreme Court shot down a Republican challenge of Pennsylvania's election results.
"VERY confident!," Rich responded. "Let's make our bet official. We both put 10k into an escrow account and if Biden is sworn in as POTUS, I lose my 10k, but you have to DONATE it to (Folds of Honor). If Trump wins, I'll donate your 10k to a charity of your choice. Deal?"
.@goldadam VERY confident! Let's make our bet official. We both put 10k into an escrow account and if Biden is sworn in as POTUS, I lose my 10k, but you have to DONATE it to @FoldsOfHonor. If Trump wins, I'll donate your 10k to a charity of your choice. Deal? #PutUpOrShutUp https://t.co/f9cTtsjdPO
— John Rich (@johnrich) December 9, 2020
Per its Twitter bio, "Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America's fallen or disabled service members."
Biden was sworn in as president on Jan. 20. He was joined at the inauguration by his wife since 1977, Jill, and running mate Kamala Harris.
In 1972, Biden became the fifth-youngest member of the US Senate in history. Now the 78 year old is the oldest sitting American president. Per Forbes, the average age of presidents on their inauguration date is 55.