President Donald Trump is the first president in history to file papers to run for re-election on the day he was sworn in to office. That allowed him to set up a re-election campaign right away, and to use the Office of the President as a fundraising prop, something he loves to do.
For example, on Wednesday the President traveled to Texas, where he held not one, not two, but three campaign events – including a fundraising dinner.
But tucked in between all those campaign events, was this entry on his official schedule: “The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order on Energy and Infrastructure.”
That allowed him to hand taxpayers the bill for some of his trip.
Sunday night and Monday morning headlines heralded Trump’s fundraising prowess:
“The Trump campaign amassed a vast $30 million reelection war chest at the start of 2019, as much as the top 2 Democratic challengers combined,” Business Insider wrote.
“Trump Raises $30 Million in First Quarter, Smashing Democratic Numbers,” New York Magazine touted.
Trump of course should be raking in the dough. He’s been running for over two years now, and has a full and experienced team in place.
But is $30 million historic? Incredible? A great sign for Trump’s re-election prospects?
Not according to CNBC’s chief Washington correspondent, John Harwood, a man who knows numbers and politics.
in the first quarter of Obama’s 2012 re-election fund-raising, Q2 2011, he took in $45-M
That was eight years ago https://t.co/M02f9hVxWp
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) April 15, 2019
(And by the way, President Barack Obama didn’t launch his re-election bid until April 4, 2011. Q2 of 2011 would be April, May, and June.)
Trump’s had two years, a full team, and only took in $30 million?
As the headlines say, that $30 million is “as much as the top 2 Democratic challengers combined.” But don’t forget, there are 18 announced Democratic challengers. That’s a lot of competition. And many Democrats may be waiting to donate until the field narrows down a bit, or until everyone has announced.
$30 million may sound like a lot, but $45 million sounds like a lot more.
Sometimes, like in fundraising and in crowd size, size does matter:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 20, 2017
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Biden Blasts Trump: My War Hero Son ‘Wasn’t a Sucker’
Two-term vice president and current Democratic nominee Joe Biden issued an emotionally charged response to sitting President of the United States Donald J. Trump after hate-filled words were spewed by the latter regarding fallen and injured military personnel.
“This may be as close as I come [to losing my temper] this campaign,” Biden said at the start of the presser in Delaware where his son Beau once served as attorney general. Beau was only 46 years old when he died from brain cancer in 2015.
“When my son volunteered and joined the United States military as the attorney general and went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn’t a ‘sucker,'” the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee said Friday. “The servicemen and women he served with, particularly those who did not come home, were not losers.”
Biden’s reference described the Atlantic’s report that Trump called fallen heroes “losers” and dead marines “suckers” back in 2018.
“If these statements are true, the president should humbly apologize to every gold star mother and father and every blue star family he’s denigrated and insulted,” Biden said. “Who the heck does he think he is?”
Trump has repeatedly denied the article despite the journalist’s account of what he says actually happened. Read Jeffrey Goldberg’s full story here.
“It is not fake. It is real,” Goldberg told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. “This story is extensively sourced and entirely accurate. That’s all I can say. This is not the first time, of course — certainly not the first time today that the president has cast aspersions on journalism that doesn’t reflect well on him. His reaction is completely predictable.”
Mr. President, if you don’t respect our troops, you can’t lead them. pic.twitter.com/hcX9hGgdm5
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 4, 2020
Biden Picks Up More Republican Backers As Election Day Nears
A new group comprised of nearly 100 non-democrats was announced Thursday and it’s called Republicans and Independents For Biden. The sole objective of the newly-formed organization is “to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden the next President of the United States.”
Former Republican governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman, is at the forefront of the endeavor. Readers will remember Whitman from her scathing criticism of President Donald J. Trump during the Democratic National Convention. She also headed the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003.
“Trump is not the leader our nation needs, and it is time he got out of the way so true leaders can move our nation forward,” Whitman wrote. “A pandemic, economic collapse, racial unrest, and foreign dictators interfering in our elections have brought our country to the brink. 30 million unemployed, and worst of all, over 180,000 American lives tragically lost, due to this President’s gross incompetence and strategic choices in his response to COVID19.”
Whitman added, “Donald Trump’s daily assaults on our nation’s founding principles pose an existential threat to the future of the Republic.”
Joining Whitman in the humanitarian effort of America’s time is one-time 2020 Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder wrote an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press Thursday that said he was still a Republican, but would nevertheless be endorsing Biden’s Democratic presidential candidacy.
“Donald Trump is a bully who lacks a moral compass. Joe Biden would bring back civility,” Snyder wrote.
With 61 days to the election, Republicans and Independents For Biden will target persuadable Republican and right-leaning Independent voters in “key battleground states who may have given Trump a chance in 2016, but now know that he can not lead our country to the greatness we seek,” according to the group’s website.
“Americans were promised more good-paying jobs and the opportunity for their families to live the American dream if they worked hard and played by the rules,” said Rosario Marin, the 41st Treasurer of the United States under President George W. Bush. “Instead, Donald Trump’s willful ignorance and abdication of leadership in the face of a pandemic has led to more job losses than at any point since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of Americans remain out of work and dependent on government assistance to feed, clothe and shelter their families. In short, there is no credible argument for the president to make that American families are better off than they were four years ago.”
Additional participants in this effort are listed here.
Colin Powell: ‘I Support Joe Biden for the Presidency of the United States’
Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to endorse Democratic 2020 candidate Joe Biden at Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic convention organizers released an excerpt of Powell’s remarks ahead of schedule.
“I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States,” Powell will say.
Powell stated his support of the presumptive Democratic nominee in June 2020.
“I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” Powell told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
He added at the time, “I think what we’re seeing now, this massive protest movement I have ever seen in my life, I think it suggests the country is getting wise to this and we’re not going to put up with it anymore.”
Watch below for an excerpt of the speech Powell will give Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
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