GOP fundraising numbers could cross the $1 billion mark as President Donald Trump hits the campaign trail again, beginning in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday.
His supporters have been waiting with pent up excitement to see him again after months of lockdowns due to coronavirus. They waited patiently in line overnight outside the Bank of Oklahoma Center for his first campaign rally since March.
The line of enthusiastic supporters curving round the security perimeter waving Trump 2020 flags in intermittent, torrential rain contrasted powerfully with the angry, destructive leftist mobs marauding around the country tearing down statues.
His campaign said they expect the 19,000-plus seat BOK Center to be filled. Seating will also be available for thousands more in an overflow area called the “Great American Outdoor Experience,” in the street outside. The campaign reported that one million supporters requested reserve tickets for the event.
Incumbent Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $80.8 million in fundraising last month. They edged out Trump and the Republican National Committee which raised a combined $74 million in May.
The DNC bragged that around half its May donors were new and it has tripled the number of online donors since February.
“Just a few months ago, people were ready to write this campaign off. Now, we are making huge dents in Donald Trump’s war chest. Every single dollar is going to make sure he is only a one-term president,” Biden said in a statement.
GOP officials downplayed the uptick in Democratic fundraising, bragging that its total fundraising stands at a crushing $817 million, with $265 million cash-on-hand. The Democrats’ fundraising total only amounted to around $100 million in May.
The Democrats raised $20 million more in May compared to the $60.5 million they raised in April thanks to a big boost in new donors.
The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and their joint fundraising committee pointed out that their single largest online fundraising day ever coincided with the president’s 74th birthday celebration last Sunday — raking in $14 million online in just 24 hours.
“President Trump’s consistent leadership and unprecedented actions during this challenging time has undoubtedly resonated with the American people,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News.
“Support across the country continues to pour in, helping us to build an unparalleled operation that will deliver victories up and down the ballot in November.”
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said the “massive fundraising haul” makes it “clear that the enthusiasm behind President Trump’s re-election campaign goes unmatched.”
“While Sleepy Joe Biden lobs ineffective partisan attacks from the shadows of his basement, President Trump is leading The Great American Comeback and he is drawing support from every corner of this country,” Parscale told Fox News.