The day after the first presidential debate of the 2016 general election, the raging topic is, of course, who won? (Followed closely by exactly how biased was NBC debate moderator Lester Holt?) While internet polling and discussion would suggest Donald Trump is the winner, the mainstream media (and Clinton campaign, of course) is declaring Hillary Clinton victorious. (And to the second question, the answer is pretty darn blatantly biased.)
Whatever your opinion on who won last night’s debate, if you believe money talks, then you might say Donald Trump had a pretty good night — given what he just announced: $13 million raised in just the last 24 hours.
In the last 24 hrs. we have raised over $13M from online donations and National Call Day, and we’re still going! Thank you America! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2016
As Fox News reports:Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying the money was raised through online donations and “National Call Day,” a challenge for top fundraisers rewarded for pulling in at least $250,000. “We’re still going! Thank you America! #MAGA” (Make America Great Again), Trump also said in the tweet.
Most polls have Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton virtually tied, with less than six weeks before Election Day.
Trump, who essentially self-funded his primary campaign, has largely trailed Clinton in general election fundraising.
Clinton last month raised $143 million, compared to $90 million for Trump.
The announcement Tuesday — the day after Trump and Clinton’s first debate — was followed by a Trump campaign fundraising letter signed by Trump’s son and adviser, Eric Trump.
“I just learned that we’re only $1 MILLION away from raising a record amount of money in a 24-hour period,” reads the letter, which requests donations of $100 or less. “The press is reporting on it as we speak. But you and I both know that if we don’t break this record now, they’ll use that against us to boost Hillary.”
He also pointed out that both campaigns have just three days left before having to file their final, federal end-of-the-quarter fundraising report and that the second of their three debates is just 12 days away.
“We have to keep fighting, we have to keep pushing,” he wrote in closing. “We can’t get complacent and give up.”
Trump’s rounding the final campaign stretch with what sure feels like momentum, in the form of tightened polls and strong fundraising momentum, With 41 days, 3 debates and untold October surprises to go, it’s game ON.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]