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Trump Puts Democrats to Shame With Fundraising Haul on Launch Day

Trump Puts Democrats to Shame With Fundraising Haul on Launch Day
U.S. President Donald Trump is seen during his rally where he announced his candidacy for a second presidential term at the Amway Center on June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Bernard Kerik By Monday, 01 July 2019 05:43 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats were jubilant when three of their presidential candidates managed to raise around $6 million each in the first 24 hours after launching their campaigns. They probably wish they had kept a lid on their enthusiasm, because President Trump just raised more money than all three of those candidates combined on the first day of his reelection campaign.

Ahead of his official campaign launch rally in Orlando, the President set a goal of beating the first-day fundraising totals of his would-be Democratic rivals, asking supporters to contribute $7 million before midnight on the day of the rally. That would have been impressive enough, but it turns out that he was setting his sights uncharacteristically low, because RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced the following morning that Trump’s reelection effort took in an astonishing $24.8 million “in less than 24 hours.”

That’s the same amount of money that South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised during the entire Second Quarter of 2019.

To put that figure into further perspective, socialist Senator Bernie Sanders made huge headlines in February by collecting $5.9 million in donations on the first day of his campaign. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke stole the crown with a $6.1 million take, only to find himself bested by, of all people, Sleepy Joe Biden, who raised $6.3 million.

Each candidate basked in adulatory press coverage following their “record” hauls, which liberal journalists interpreted as a sure sign that Democrats have the 2020 presidential election in the bag. One suspects that Bernie, Beto, and Biden — not to mention their acolytes in the media — are feeling a little less smug now that they’ve seen what they’re actually up against, though. President Trump not only quadrupled their first-day fundraising totals, he managed to exceed their combined total by about $6.5 million — which itself is more than any one of them raised.

The contrast is even more impressive when you consider that the president was actually at something of a disadvantage relative to the Democrats seeking to challenge him, since they were able to time their announcements to maximize donor enthusiasm, whereas Donald Trump had to worry about the possibility of donor fatigue.

Bernie, Beto, and Biden primed the pump for their first day of fundraising by teasing their candidacies for months in advance, preparing their supporters to start donating as soon as they officially launched their campaigns. Donald Trump, on the other hand, start putting his reelection campaign apparatus in place on Inauguration Day in January 2017, meaning his supporters had already been donating to his campaign for more than two years prior to the Orlando rally.

Trump’s nearly-$25 million haul makes liberals look foolish for celebrating over a paltry $6 million, but that’s not even the end of the story. Incredibly, the situation is even worse for Democrats than it appears on the surface, because the Trump Campaign has another ace up its sleeve — the Republican National Committee.

While their counterparts at the Democratic National Committee are going out of their way to convey an aura of impartiality — an approach that’s necessary to reassure voters after the DNC rigged the 2016 primaries for Hillary Clinton — the Trump Campaign recently completed an unprecedented merger with the RNC, forming a single, streamlined entity and establishing a joint fundraising arrangement well in advance of the general election, rather than waiting until Trump is officially nominated.

In the first three months of 2019, the Trump Campaign alone raised more than $30 million, slightly more than the top two Democrat candidates combined. The RNC, though, simultaneously raised another $45.8 million, boosting President Trump’s reelection war chest to levels that are inconceivable for any of his rivals — his $82 million in cash on hand at the end of the First Quarter was roughly equal to the combined cash reserves of every single Democrat candidate.

It’s said that people vote with their wallets in a capitalist society. If that’s the case, it’s clear that the American people don’t want what the Democrat Party is trying to sell them.

Democrats broke out the champagne to toast their candidates for raising $6 million. Now they’re feeling the hangover as they contemplate just how pathetic those amounts really are in comparison to the deluge of donations pouring into the coffers of the Trump Campaign.

As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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It’s said that people vote with their wallets in a capitalist society. If that’s the case, it’s clear that the American people don’t want what the Democrat Party is trying to sell them.
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Monday, 01 July 2019 05:43 PM
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