“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
Democrats are so worried about Donald Trump’s popularity that they’re sending out an SOS ahead of the 2020 election.
By one critical measure for his re-election, the president is actually twice as popular as Barack Obama was at the same point in his presidency…and it’s got Elizabeth Warren and the gang shaking in their boots.
The Beltway website Politico ran a headline that says it all: “Democrats shudder at Trump’s money machine.”
Liberals are right to be worried.
Trump doesn’t need to spend a huge amount of money to win the presidency: he proved that when his massive rallies flipped blue states red in 2016.
But Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and the rest are petrified about how much money Trump has collected, and who he’s been collecting it from, since his improbable win three years ago.
Trump’s re-election campaign has $158 million on hand — about twice what Obama and the Democratic Party had this time in 2011, before he coasted to re-election over Mitt “Pierre Delecto” Romney.
Compare that $158 million to Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Oh.), who pulled out of the 2020 race on Thursday: Ryan only has $158,000 to give to other candidates!
That’s impressive — and it’s just the beginning. Trump has raised more than $300 million this year alone.
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That’s not just more than Obama, that’s more than any sitting president in history.
Trump doesn’t spend a lot of money on the campaign trail, because voters line up for hours for a chance to get into his packed stadiums and outdoor rallies… but the money’s still going to help him next Fall.
That money is letting Trump expand the 2020 map into states where he came close four years ago, like Minnesota and Nevada.
“Democrats will never catch up,” said one Democratic strategist in Texas. “It’s just too much money.”
“We don’t know if the Democratic candidate is going to be able to even compete,” another told Politico.
The Democrats have a problem besides the total amount of money on hand: it’s who Trump’s getting all that money from.
It’s not millionaires and billionaires, like the Democratic machine.
It’s average, everyday people. Almost two out of every three dollars the Trump campaign has collected came from small donors who gave less than $200.
And Trump’s two major 2020 PACs have pulled in about half their money from small donors… but it adds up. $115,697,683 and counting.
“The populist edge he’s brought to campaigning is clearly something that is resonating,” said Alex Baumgart of the Center for Responsive Politics, a campaign finance center.
Some Democrats blame the party’s leader, the rabid left-winger Tom Perez, who worked in the Obama administration.
“Tom Perez is as useless as tits on a boar hog,” said Dick Harpootlian, a former member of the Democratic Party’s leadership team, who’s backing Biden. He told Perez to “quit, get out of the way or do something different.”
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“Maybe they need to send a spy to the Republican shop and find out how they’re raising hundreds of millions of dollars off of a guy like Donald Trump,” he said.
Perez already tried spying on the Trump presidential campaign, and that backfired, too.
It’s not just money. Trump is popular with ordinary Americans in a way Obama never was.
The liberal magazine “Newsweek” must have lost its mind when it had to report in September that “President Donald Trump’s job approval rating this week averaged across major polls surpassed that of his predecessor President Barack Obama at the same time eight years ago.”
Obama won over the media and foreign leaders, but Trump connects with the middle class in a way the Ivy League elitists on the Democratic debate stage never can, and never will.
Trump has tapped into “today’s blue-collar and working Americans,” said Michael Johns, a co-founder of the Tea Party movement.
Don’t spend too much time crying for the Democratic Party. It still has billionaires in its hip pocket… and one on its debate stage.
The left-wing Super PAC Priorities USA is concentrating all its spending on four battleground states—Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida—and promises it “will be the largest spender in the presidential race for sure.”
But the Democrats outspent Trump 2-to-1 in 2016. Hillary Clinton’s campaign flushed $768 million in her losing 2016 campaign.
Money can’t buy you love. And it can’t buy you an election, either.
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.”