President Donald Trump is already in full swing reelection mode, hoping the 2020 race will give him four more years as Commander in Chief and if fundraising is any indicator, Democrats should be more than a little concerned. The Trump machine and the RNC released the most recent fundraising numbers and they are STAGGERING: $105 million total from April to June.
This thing is just getting started, a year and a half to go until Election Day 2020 and the numbers rolling in to the Republican effort are just astounding, meanwhile Democrats have a VAST field of candidates engaged in a full tilt primary season and while Trump is already honed in on that general election.
Let’s put the Trump reelection campaign’s second quarter amount into some context- Back in 2011, President Barack Obama’s Q2 amount was $86 million, a huge number to be sure, but $30 million less than Trump is boasting now at the same point.
Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale gave a statement:
“Our massive fundraising success is a testament to the overwhelming support for President Trump… No Democrat candidate can match this level of enthusiasm or President Trump’s outstanding record of results.”-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale
Obviously the campaign got a skyrocketing bump when Trump officially announced in June that he would be seeking reelection in 2020 although that was completely expected since he has talked about it since he took office. But after Trump’s announcement at the Florida rally, the campaign raised a whopping $24.8 million in the next 24 hours.
@realDonaldTrump has raised a record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his re-election. The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen! #trump2020 #KeepAmericaGreat— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 19, 2019
The wide field of Democrats, though some showing some impressive efforts, have seen nothing like that in first day numbers. When former Vice President Joe Biden announced his 2020 run, he raised $6.3 million within 24 hours, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke came in at $6.1 million in the first day, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just behind them bringing in $5.9 million.
The Trump reelection campaign, which relies on big donors as well as a strong devoted base of smaller donors, has a huge leg up on the Dems in being able to run the campaign exactly as they want and doing what they wish with campaign funds with no thought to cost.
In Q1 of 2019, the small dollar donations to the Trump campaign really added up with donations which were each less than $2,000 totaling over $3 million in donations to his general campaign and $17.4 million to the MAGA joint fundraising committee.
Trump does have one primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who could pose some party trouble as the election nears. Primary challengers to sitting presidents do not succeed in unseating the president to gain the nomination and usually end up exposing major problems and creating division within the party, resulting in an overall general election loss.
This time, though, the RNC is fully behind Trump and it’s unlikely they will give any airtime or credit to Weld’s bid. Furthermore, Trump and his staffers don’t see Weld as a threat, mainly because Trump’s approval rating within the party is hanging out ABOVE 90%.
What does all this mean for the Democrats and the 2020 election? It means Trump has a TON of money, a TON of support from his base, and a TON of room to run a huge campaign against a wide field of Dems who are busy arguing with each other.