So perhaps it comes as no surprise that literally minutes after delivering his first primetime Oval Office address to the nation on what he labeled the "crisis" at the border, Trump was fundraising off his speech.
A primetime address from the Oval Office is generally reserved for the absolute, most important events in a president's time in office. It is literally an attempt to place the weight and magnitude of the entire presidency in view of the American people, in order to convey the extreme magnitude of the President's speech and the issue at hand.
President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis from the Oval Office.
President Ronald Reagan spoke to comfort the nation from the Oval Office after the Challenger space shuttle disaster.
President George W. Bush addressed the nation from the Oval Office the night of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
President Barack Obama used the Oval Office to address the nation on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
None of them fundraised off their speeches.
On Tuesday night, about 15 minutes after President Trump finished his speech, likely thousands if not millions of supporters received a text asking them to "Donate to the Official Secure the Border Fund NOW."
MSNBC's Joy Reid posted a screenshot of the text:
Trump campaign text to his supporters just now: pic.twitter.com/3agCGE4Nyj
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 9, 2019
If that weren't enough, Trump sent a fearmongering fundraising email, trashing Democratic leaders and urging supporters to donate half a million dollars by 9 PM, the time of his speech. The email was sent around 5:30 PM.
"Drugs are poisoning our loved ones," it reads. "MS-13 gang members are threatening our safety." "Illegal criminals are flooding our nation," it warns.
"I want to make one thing clear to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi: Your safety is not a political game or a negotiation tactic!"
If these scare tactics weren't enough, Trump used high-pressure tactics to eek every dime out of his supporters – many of whom are low income earners or retirees.
"I want to know who stood with me when it mattered most so I’ve asked my team to send me a list of EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT who donates to the Official Secure the Border Fund," the email reads.
In other words, the President of the United states is saying if you don't send him money, you're not a patriotic American. And he's taking names. Literally.
"Please make a special contribution of $5 by 9 PM EST to our Official Secure the Border Fund to have your name sent to me after my speech."
The Official Secure the Border Fund is not a fund that will actually secure the border. It's just Trump's re-election campaign fund.
Here's the email:
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