Trump campaign fundraising on Bernie Sanders's $6M haul

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s reelection campaign sent out a fundraising request on Wednesday citing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE’s (I-Vt.) $6 million haul in the first 24 hours after his presidential campaign was announced.

“Socialist Berne Sanders raised $6 MILLION in 24 HOURS. Now I’m calling on you to CRUSH that number,” Trump's campaign texted recipients, noting that any donation would be tripled.

Sanders’s haul smashed the $1.5 million Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE’s (D-Calif.) presidential campaign raised in its first day, the previous record among 2020 Democrats. The number was powered through small donations from more than 225,000 people in all 50 states, averaging about $27.

Sanders, who came in second in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, saw a strong grass-roots campaign in the previous cycle, powered in large part by small-dollar donations.


While the senator's fundraising number raised eyebrows, Trump still sits on a hefty war chest, entering 2019 with more than $19 million in cash on hand.

The president has been railing against what he says is the Democratic Party’s turn to socialism, citing the rising power of Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.), both self-proclaimed democratic socialists.

His campaign took a swipe Tuesday at Sanders and the Democratic Party at large, saying the Vermont independent had already won because the rest of the primary field had adopted his brand of socialism.

“But the American people will reject an agenda of sky-high tax rates, government-run health care and coddling dictators like those in Venezuela,” Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “Only President Trump will keep America free, prosperous and safe.”

The jabs have forced the crowded 2020 field, which includes Democratic heavyweights such as Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandO'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall Gillibrand 'very unhappy' with 'Game of Thrones' finale Gillibrand endorses DC statehood: Democracy doesn't mean 'for some of us' MORE (N.Y.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (N.J.) to weigh in on the intraparty divide.

Harris told reporters at a campaign stop Monday in New Hampshire that she is “not a democratic socialist.”