Trump campaign official says it raised $10 million in 48 hours after impeachment vote


An official for President Trump’s 2020 campaign said Friday that it has raised $10 million over the course of two days following the historic impeachment vote in the House this week.

“That’s just in 48 hours, so two days, $5 million dollars a day,” Tim Murtaugh, the communications director of Trump’s reelection team, told Hill.TV. “The president’s reelection campaign gets bigger and stronger.”

“Every time the Democrats in the media into a frenzy like they did on Wednesday with the vote, we collect more data — we have greater interaction with the voters and we raise more money,” he added.

Trump and his allies have downplayed the impact of impeachment, claiming it as an energizing force among his base, which remains solidly behind the president. According to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll, Trump’s approval rating sits at 85 percent among GOP voters.

The president has also used impeachment as a rallying cry to unite his supporters. On the eve of the historic impeachment vote on Wednesday, the president held a rally in Michigan, where he lashed out at Democrats and lamented the “witch hunt” against him.

The White House has signaled that it wants a speedy impeachment trial in the Senate, which is expected to start in January.

Trump tweeted Thursday that he wanted “an immediate trial” after House Democrats adjourned for the Christmas recess without sending the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber. The two articles, abuse of power and obstruction of justice, passed almost exclusively along party lines. All but four Democrats voted for both articles, while no Republicans voted for either article.

Trump is unlikely to be removed from office, given that two-thirds of the GOP-led Senate would have to vote for his ouster. 

—Tess Bonn

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