Election analyst says Trump has mastered attracting small-dollar donations

Election analyst Henry Olsen told Hill.TV on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE, unlike most Republicans, has mastered attracting small-dollar donations. 

"If the president wants to raise small-dollar donations, which is something no Republican has ever really mastered, this is a guy who can get a lot of them," Olsen, a Washington Post columnist, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

President Trump's reelection campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, more than the combined fundraising hauls from Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (D-Calif.), two other 2020 hopefuls.

The Trump campaign told The Associated Press that nearly 99 percent of the donations it received were of $200 or less. The average donation was about $34.

The campaign's first-quarter fundraising haul brings its cash on hand to more than $40 million. 

— Julia Manchester