Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sent its first “emergency” fundraising email on Saturday, according to a report from CNN. On Thursday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign began airing its first commercials for the general election. In those commercials, which are currently airing in eight swing states, Clinton’s campaign targets Donald Trump, citing his comments about violence at his rallies and his comments about a disabled New York Times reporter. The email that Trump supporters received on Saturday indicates that the $100,000 they are requesting will be used to counter those commercials. The email from Team Trump reads, in part, as follows.
“Right now we’re facing an emergency goal of $100,000 to help get our ads on the air. We need your contribution by 11:59 P.M. Tonight… Crooked Hillary is about to invade your TV with ads attacking Mr. Trump. But we’re preparing to fight back.”
Donald Trump’s campaign explains that the commercial will attack Clinton on Benghazi, the FBI investigation of her emails, and the integrity of her donors.
When Trump first began running for president, he stated that he would self-fund his campaign. This was part of his appeal to many who believed that he would not feel pressured to do favors for, or make decisions in favor of, those making large donations. However, Donald Trump eventually began taking donations, a move that many Republican leaders see as an indication that he doesn’t fully grasp the magnitude of funds required to run for the office of president of the United States. Although an urgent request for donations is not out of the ordinary in presidential races, this emergency request from Trump reaffirms this concern among Republican leaders.
At a rally in Las Vegas, Donald Trump commented on his relationship with the Republican Party and campaign funding.
“Right now I’m raising a lot of money for the Republican Party, and a lot of beneficiaries to that, and I like doing it. Life is like a two-way street, right? They have to [help], otherwise I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. I’ll just keep funding my own campaign. I’m ok with that. That’s the easy way. I mean for me, that’s the easy way. But, hopefully I can continue to go the way we’re going, and this weekend we raised a lot of money. We’ve raised a lot of money for the Republican Party. We’ll keep doing it, because we do have tremendous support within the party that I can tell you.”
Donald Trump appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning and told Chuck Todd that while he would prefer for the Republican Party to unite in support of him in his presidential race, he believes he will win with or without their support. The Hill quotes his statement on the matter.
“I obviously won the primaries without them. You know, I’m an outsider, and I won the primaries. I do believe that we can win either way, but it would be nice if we stuck together.”
As reported by NBC News, although Paul Ryan has endorsed Donald Trump in his race for the White House, on Friday he told GOP members that he would not instruct them to vote for Trump, advising them instead to vote their conscience. Some party delegates from Colorado are also planning to oust Donald Trump as the party nominee at the upcoming convention. Trump has called this plan to oust him a “hoax” created by the media.
Trump’s campaign finances are trailing Clinton by a large margin. Hillary Clinton had over $30 million of cash on hand on April 30. On the same day, Donald Trump had just over $2 million of cash on hand.
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