Trump's re-election campaign says it raised $266 million in second quarter

Clay Curtis
July 2, 2020

US President Donald Trump at a press briefing on Thursday celebrated a government report showing the country gained 4.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1% last month, when states began allowing businesses to reopen from strict shutdowns aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes after his opponent in the upcoming presidential election, Joe Biden, said that he would mandate mask wearing nationally if he is to be elected.

"The American people don't make enormous sacrifices over the past four months so. you can waste all their efforts they have undertaken with your midnight rantings and tweets", said Mr. Biden, who delivered the speech to reporters in a high school gymnasium.

Despite a pandemic and the subsequent economic free fall, President Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Wednesday evening they had raised $266 million for the three months ending June 30, including $131 million in June alone.

"I'm going to get rid of the bulk of Trump's $2 trillion tax cut", Biden said during a fundraising conference call, Fox Business Network reported. The money finances television and internet advertisements, as well as staff and travel to key battleground states.

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In each case, the figures were new monthly records this year for campaigns that are expected to mount the most expensive USA election in history.

And Parscale highlighted that Trump won an unprecedented number of votes for an incumbent running in a mostly uncontested nominating season, far surpassing the totals achieved by President Barack Obama in the 2012 Democratic primaries and President George W. Bush in the 2004 GOP primaries.

According to surveys, the pandemic has reduced Trump's re-election possibilities.

The Republican president is trailing Mr. Biden in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 election amid the pandemic's health and economic crises, and nationwide protests against police brutality. Yet the campaign referenced those same public opinion polls to spotlight the president's enthusiasm advantage over Biden. The campaign is also buying ads in Georgia, Michigan and Iowa.

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