For the typical politician, an indictment, perp walk, and court case surrounding alleged wrongdoing can be the death of a political career. That’s not the case for former President Donald Trump, who considers it a political gift.
Since launching his political career, Trump has thrived on chaos, portraying himself as the victim of sinister political figures, the establishment, and liberal media.
That reliance on chaos was most evident when Trump’s 2024 Presidential campaign quickly capitalized on Thursday’s announcement that Trump would be indicted, becoming the first former President who has been charged with a crime.
In the hours after Thursday’s breaking news, Trump’s campaign sent out a handful of fundraising emails.
In one such email, Trump lamented how the “Radical Left – the enemy of the hard-working men and women of this country” had indicted him in an apparent “witch hunt.”
He then called for his supporters to donate to his campaign, asking them to contribute “any amount” in defense of the “movement [against] the never-ending witch hunts and WIN the WHITE HOUSE in 2024.”
Trump’s campaign team announced on Friday (March 31) that since news broke about the indictment — about 24 hours before — the former President has hauled in $4 million.
The campaign highlighted how the fundraising haul was made possible because of grassroots donations, the average donation being $38.
They also touted that a quarter of donors had never donated to Trump’s campaign before the indictment announcement.
The indictment announcement timing was also perfect for Trump’s ambitions. The announcement was made a day before the first quarter of this year’s fundraising ended.