President Trump celebrated his birthday on Sunday with a record-breaking day of online fundraising for his campaign and the Republican National Committee.
Trump’s reelection campaign and the RNC brought in a total of $14 million in online donations on Sunday as droves of supporters pledged donations in celebration of the president’s 76th birthday. The fundraising performance smashed the previous Republican record of $10 million, which was set in October of 2016. The RNC and Trump’s fundraising groups – the Trump Make America Great Again Committee (TMAGAC) and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. (DJTP0 – earned an average online donation of $46 on the president’s birthday. The cash surge pads the RNC’s fundraising lead on its Democratic rivals.
It was undoubtedly an excellent day for GOP coffers, but Republican donations have consistently outpaced Democrat holdings for the entire primary cycle. Since Trump’s election, Republicans have amassed an enormous reserve of cash. The Trump-RNC stockpile currently stands at $255 million in cash on hand. Meanwhile, Joe Biden and the DNC only have about $100 million to throw around. However, it’s worth noting that this election’s especially competitive Democratic primary hampered Biden’s fundraising efforts.
Great Fundraising Performance
Republican National Committee & Trump campaign posted their largest online fundraising day ever on Sunday, bringing in $14 million across 3 entities on president's birthday — smashing their previous online fundraising record of $10 million on Oct. 19, 2016- pic.twitter.com/GyrQTh2MKr
— Blanche Victoria (@tammytabby) June 15, 2020
The record-breaking cash haul is symptomatic of an energized Republican voter base. RNC Chairwoman Ronn McDaniel told Fox News that her party’s motivated voter base is its greatest asset. “Enthusiasm for President Trump continues to be our greatest motivator and political weapon,” said McDaiel. “Republicans are thinking smarter digitally and harnessing support and energy for President Trump to up our online fundraising game and outwork, outdo, and outmaneuver the Democrats at every turn.”
Trump’s birthday blitz broke records for online donations, but the overall record for the largest 24-hour fundraising haul still stands at just under $25 million. That record was set last year when the president officially launched his reelection campaign.
The president’s campaign is excited about his recent fundraising performance. Despite very vocal anti-Trump rhetoric from the disturbingly biased mainstream media, it seems that the president still has the overwhelming support of large swathes of voters.
Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale said the support for Trump is unprecedented in modern politics. “The grassroots support behind President Trump’s re-election is something no campaign has ever seen,” he said. “Just as more than a million people have registered for tickets to the President’s rally this weekend [in Oklahoma], they are also donating to help his campaign in record numbers. There is an enthusiasm gap – it is real and it is wide. President Trump’s supporters would run through a brick wall to vote for him. Nobody is running through a brick wall for Joe Biden.”
What This Means For The Polls
Despite the president’s strong fundraising performance, Biden leads Trump in most of the highly-publicized national and battleground state polls. However, mainstream polling is notorious for skewing liberal, and Trump still has the fervent support of a growing silent majority. Regardless, Trump is eager to get back on the campaign trail and close the gap with Biden. Trump will finally host another rally this weekend after months of pandemic-related disruptions. Trump’s rallies are a cornerstone of his campaign strategy, and the events typically attract massive crowds of supporters. Getting back on the campaign trail could swing momentum and help Trump catch up to Biden in the polls.
Meanwhile, Biden’s virtually-hosted campaign events have attracted small numbers of viewers. Survey data also indicates a significant enthusiasm gap between the two candidates. Roughly 53% of Trump supporters say they’re “very enthusiastic” in their support for the president. Conversely, only 24% of Biden supporters say they feel the same way about supporting the former vice president.
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