Trump Indictment Saga: Fundraising Machine or Desperate Plea?

Former President Donald Trump uses felony indictment to rally funds from his supporters. 

Trump: The Charged Money Magnet

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Donald Trump, hit with a heavy 37-count felony indictment over alleged mishandling of classified documents, turned his legal struggles into yet another fundraising campaign.

The indictment painted a gloomy image of Trump, accusing him of defying Justice Department demands to return classified papers, and allegedly storing some in a shower at his Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago.

Despite this, Trump hit back by using the indictment as a rallying call for funds from his supporters.

Deep State Attacks, Fundraising Backlash

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Trump sent out a flurry of messages, positioning the indictment as a strike by “the Deep State” against the “forgotten, hardworking men and women of this country.”

He implored supporters to donate to his campaign as a peaceful defense against what he labelled as relentless witch hunts.

“Our movement is truly UNBREAKABLE,” he claimed in one email sent out on Friday morning, mirroring his fundraising strategy following his first indictment back in March.

First Indictment, Same Strategy

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Trump was previously indicted by a Manhattan court for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.

The fundraising following that indictment was successful, with a barrage of donation requests leading to an influx of cash.

Now facing multiple new charges, including violating the Espionage Act and conspiracy to obstruct justice, Trump was set to appear in a federal court in Miami on Tuesday to defend himself against these charges. 

Fundraising Pitches Amid Criminal Charges

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In his plea for funds, Trump railed against the Justice Department.

“Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has INDICTED me even though I did NOTHING wrong,” he wrote in one email, which ended with links asking supporters for donations ranging from $25 to $250.

These funds were to be directed to the Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee, a key arm of the ex-president’s potential 2024 campaign.

Unprecedented Scenario, Predictable Response

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This online portal, set up for donations, was populated with more appeals for funds, culminating in yet another plea: “Please make a contribution to SAVE OUR COUNTRY – for 1,500% impact.”

The Trump campaign had previously raised $12m in the week following his first indictment, as reported by The New York Times. About a quarter of those donors were first-time contributors to his campaign.

Wide-Ranging Legal Challenges

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Trump was not only facing legal challenges from the document mishandling investigation led by Special Prosecutor Jack Smith. He was also under scrutiny for his role in the January 6 US Capitol attack.

Added to that, he was facing charges in Georgia over alleged interference with the 2020 election results in the state.

Trump’s Video Message

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In a video emailed to supporters and posted on Truth Social, Trump continuously called the documents investigation a “boxes hoax” and “election interference,” while seeking the 2024 Republican nomination.

Trump is the first former American president to face federal charges from the government he once oversaw.

Trump Turns Indictment into Media Critique

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Trump didn’t miss the chance to critique the press in the wake of his indictment.

“During an unprecedented moment like this, most politicians would give their first spoken remarks to the Fake News Media. But not me. My loyalty lies with my fiercest defenders like YOU,” he wrote to his supporters.

Claiming to be an innocent man, Trump depicted his country as descending into chaos, blaming it on the alleged weaponization of the justice department and the FBI against him.

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