On Tuesday night, Orlando Florida was ground zero for the official announcement by President Trump for his 2020 bid for re-election. The rally was from the start billed as the official kickoff to his campaign for re-election. According to the Republican National Committee (RNC), the kickoff was a success, as he raised nearly $25 million in contributions within less than 24 hours afterward.
Ronna McDaniel, RNC Chair, made a statement Wednesday announcing that Trump had broken a record in the raising of approximately $24.8 million in only 24 hours of his re-election bid announcement. She went on to tweet that: “The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen!”
Richard Walters, RNC chief of staff, stated to Yahoo News that the estimated total was, in fact, a combination of both the amounts raised by the Trump campaign, as well as the joint arm of fundraising for the RNC called Trump Victory.
The RNC reportedly received $10.8 million at two fundraising events from major donors. The Trump campaign raised an estimated $8 million through a phone drive they conducted in addition to about $6 million in donations made online.
It is exciting to note that the one-day of fundraising totals that Trump achieved, was nearly four times the totals Vice President Joe Biden was able to raise within the first 24 hours of his announcement in seeking the Democratic bid for the 2020 presidential campaign.
According to Biden's campaign officials, Biden raised $6.3 million the first day, which outnumbered any of his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. According to Biden's campaign, the funds were donated by 97,000 donor individuals across the entire 50 states. Following closely behind, at the 24-hour mark Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke raised approximately $6.1 million and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised roughly $5.9 million.
Although Biden’s campaign states that his contributions were sources from 97,000 individual donors, the Democratic competition are criticizing Biden for his apparent embracing of big money donors along with top-dollar fundraisers. In a tweet earlier this week, presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren stated: “I don’t spend time at fancy fundraisers. Instead, I spend my time meeting voters and thanking grassroots donors who chip in what they can.”
At a fundraiser held in New York City on Monday, which went for $2,800 a plate, Biden stood by his claim that his campaign had raised nearly $20 million from mostly small donors.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Are Trump’s 24-hour fundraising totals an indication of just how much the American public want four more years?