“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
Democrats meant to indict President Donald Trump and ruin his political career — but he’s been cashing in ever since.
The indictment Trump forecast on social media earlier this week from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been the best thing that’s happened to Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign so far.
Ever since the far-Left prosecutor said he planned to dredge up old and discredited charges involving alleged “hush money” pay-offs Trump made to pornstar Stormy Daniels, the 45th president has surged in the polls and pulled in more campaign donations than he ever imagined.
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Trump sent out at least two emails this week, giving his supporters a chance to become a “FOUNDING DEFENDER” by making a financial contribution to his “Official Election Defense Fund.”
“If you are doing poorly, as so many of you are, do not send anything,” Trump told his followers on his social media platform, Truth Social on Wednesday. “If you are doing well, which was made possible through the great policies of the Trump Administration, send your contribution to donaldjtrump.com/.”
Trump’s supporters greeted his indictment with an outpouring of support and cash. Trump raised $1.5 million in three days. That’s “almost double the daily average from the weeks before and after he announced his bid for the White House in November,” reported the Business Insider.
For comparison’s sake, “The Trump campaign brought in $11.8 million in the six weeks before the announcement, averaging out at $280,000 a day. And in the six weeks after Trump announced his run, his campaign raised $9.5 million, or $226,000 a day.”
The GOP base isn’t just rallying to Trump’s support financially; he’s also surging in the polls—and not a moment too soon.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had sucked up a lot of the oxygen in conservative media. Trump’s falling out with the Murdoch family, which controls Fox News, had kept his reelection campaign off the airwaves… but they couldn’t ignore his legal prosecution.
In February, DeSantis led Trump in a Monmouth poll by 13 points, but the latest poll looks like a mirror image: Trump tops DeSantis by 14 points in a multi-candidate field 41 percent to 27 percent… and also beats him head-to-head.
Trump led his most serious challenger by 14 points in a Quinnipiac poll, as well.
“DeSantis might be the buzz in the GOP conversation,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy, “but for now, Trump is seeing no erosion and, in fact, enjoys a bump in his lead in the Republican primary.”
The Left’s plan to perp-walk Trump into a Manhattan court, drag him through the mud in a media sideshow, then ruin his political career has blow up in its face.
Even the legal case itself seems to be in shambles.
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Trump’s indictment is the beginning of the anti-Republican legal conundrum “the progressive power structure in this country has been trying to achieve now for seven years,” Stephen Miller, founder of America First Legal, told Tucker Carlson on Thursday night. But Bragg canceled a scheduled grand jury meeting on Wednesday—a sign his legal efforts are collapsing.
Part of the problem is that Stormy Daniels denied the two had an affair in a 2018 public statement.
“Rumors that I received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false,” said Daniels at the time. “These stories are not true.”
It’s true that Trump’s accuser tried to play it off later that year on Jimmy Kimmel Live. First, she seemed to deny she signed the statement, asking the host, “That doesn’t look my signature, does it?”
But then she said she did sign the statement after her legal team told her, if she refused, Trump’s lawyers “can make your life hell in many different ways.”
Her attorney also denied he pressured her into signing the statement.
Even if Bragg can clear up Stormy’s statements, he has another problem: “At the heart of this lie of a case is a monstrous perversion of federal law,” according to Miller: Federal law says you can’t spend campaign funds on private matters, but Bragg’s “whole case is that Donald Trump was obligated under federal law to use campaign funds to settle a private dispute, turning all of campaign law…on its head.”
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If Bragg can convince a grand jury of that, then he has to reassure them to ignore the two-year statute of limitations, which ran out years ago.
His case was confusing then, and it’s confusing now.
That may explain why Bragg says he doesn’t plan to respond to three House committee chairmen who have subpoenaed him over his anti-Trump inquisition.
Trump’s supporters know he’s in trouble—and they know the stakes couldn’t be higher.
“We are now living in a post-Constitution, post-truth era, where progressive Soros-backed prosecutors will decide for themselves who is free and who is not, who goes to jail and who does not,” said Miller.
So far, Trump has not been indicted, has raised twice as much money, and had a double-digit jump in the polls.
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Maybe Democrats should be suing Bragg for making a huge, unreported donation to Donald Trump’s reelection campaign?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”