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President Donald Trump received a very special gift for his birthday on Sunday: His reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee both scored their single-biggest online fundraising day on record, Fox News reported.
The $14 million single-day tally smashed the previous record of $10 million on October 19, 2016, less than three weeks before the president defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in an electoral landslide.
What’s more, the new single-day tally adds to an already distinct fundraising advantage over Democrats’ current cash-on-hand totals, as has been the case for the entire primary cycle, Fox News noted further.
“Quite a birthday gift for @realDonaldTrump yesterday! Biggest single-day ONLINE fundraising total ever – $14 million. That’s grassroots support that Sleepy @JoeBiden can only dream of. The enthusiasm gap is real and it is wide! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted.
“Trump and the RNC – which have been building a fundraising juggernaut for more than three years – have roughly $255 million cash on hand, compared with the approximately $100 million the Joe Biden campaign and DNC have in their coffers,” Fox News’ Gregg Re reported. “A competitive primary with numerous candidates on the Democratic side essentially stalled their effort to consolidate donations for months.”
Trump turned 74 on Sunday.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 14, 2020
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) June 14, 2020
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 14, 2020
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 14, 2020
— Tiffany Ariana Trump (@TiffanyATrump) June 15, 2020
One person who did not publicly tweet a happy birthday message to the president was first lady Melania Trump, which the media glommed onto.
“Ouch: First Lady Melania Trump Tweets Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army, But Not Her Husband,” said a headline at Mediaite.
“Melania Trump fails to publicly wish Donald a happy 74th birthday and is not pictured celebrating with him – but she DOES find time to tweet about the Army’s 245th anniversary,” blared the UK’s Daily Mail.
The RNC told Fox News that the organization, along with Trump Make America Great Again Committee (TMAGAC) and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. (DJTP), received an average donation of $46.
“Enthusiasm for President Trump continues to be our greatest motivator and political weapon,” said RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, according to Fox News. “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.”
The single-biggest 24-hour fundraising haul ever for the president came the day he announced his reelection, roughly a year ago, scooping up a massive $25 million.
And while most national polling shows likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of the president, sometimes by double digits, additional anecdotal evidence suggests that the polling now is a bad and inaccurate as it was leading up to the 2016 election, when nearly all major polling firms had Clinton winning big.
Fox News notes:
The former vice president’s glitch-prone livestreamed events, meanwhile, have attracted a relatively small number of viewers, and surveys appear to reflect what the president’s campaign calls an enthusiasm gap. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this year, 53 percent of Trump supporters say they’re “very enthusiastic” about supporting the president, but only 24 percent of those backing Biden say the same about supporting the former vice president.
“The grassroots support behind President Trump’s re-election is something no campaign has ever seen,” Parscale noted, Fox News reported. “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,” Parscale added.
President Trump is scheduled to return to the campaign trail doing live in-person events June 20 in Tulsa, Okla., which is an appropriate venue given the current racial tensions around the country following two incidents involving the death of black men at the hands of police.
The event was originally scheduled for the previous day, June 19, known as “Juneteenth” — commemorating the emancipation of all slaves in America. But the Trump campaign agreed to change the date in order to accommodate Americans who wanted to observe and celebrate Juneteenth.
And, as Parscale noted, there has been no shortage of Americans requesting tickets for the rally.
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