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Donald Trump, fundraiser extraordinaire

The momentum propelling the Trump campaign is palpable

April 16, 2019

11:31 AM

16 April 2019

11:31 AM

While we all ponder the mysteries of the Notre-Dame fire, let me say a word or two about a golden nugget of domestic news.

Donald Trump, in the first quarter of 2019, raised over $30 million for his re-election campaign, more than the top two Democratic candidates combined. According to the AP news story, the overwhelming majority of donations were $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. You can look that up under ‘Populism, 21st-century American.’ All told, the Trump campaign has almost $41 million on hand (in addition to the $45 million brought in by the Republican National Committee). As a point of comparison, the Obama campaign at this point in the 2012 election cycle had about $2 million stashed away.

Yes, it’s early days yet, but right now the momentum propelling the Trump campaign is palpable. I suspect that it will achieve its fundraising goal of $1 billion and its overall goal of re-electing Donald Trump. Whether it is a good thing that American elections have become so expensive is another question altogether. As to the question of whether it would be a good thing if Donald Trump were re-elected, I can mention a few names and rest my case: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, ‘Spartacus’ Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Eric Swalwell. That’s just some of the many, many contenders. What do you think? I think the results of this problem are clear. Donald Trump, quod erat demonstrandum.

Now listen to Freddy Gray and Zack Christenson discussing how Donald Trump has raised so much money on the Americano podcast.

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