Donald Trump has turned each try by prosecutors to place his alleged crimes earlier than a jury right into a spectacle that has benefited him financially and contributed to his persecution narrative.
His newest arrest in Georgia is not any totally different.
In line with Trump marketing campaign sources, the ex-president has raised more than $7m in donations, merchandise gross sales and thru different means since final Thursday, when Mr Trump appeared in Fulton County, Georgia, to give up on a quantity of felony counts.
He’s charged with quite a few crimes in Georgia associated to his effort to change the state’s 2020 election outcomes and, failing that, to have the state forged its Electoral Faculty votes for him anyway. He has denied committing any crimes on this and the three different prison instances presently towards him.
Forward of a prison trial in Georgia, Mr Trump as soon as once more turned to social media and his legion of followers to capitalise off his newest misfortuned. That effort got here within the type of t-shirts and different merch bearing the historic and surreal mugshot taken by Fulton County police final week, a shocking “first” for the US presidency. His arrest image was even the catalyst that drew Mr Trump to make his return to Twitter (now “X”), one thing he had vowed to not do.
Politico first reported that the marketing campaign’s post-arrest fundraising whole had handed $7m, with $4.18m alone occurring on Saturday which officers for the Trump marketing campaign mentioned was the perfect single day whole for Mr Trump’s workforce thus far. E mail blasts, textual content messages and different direct promoting was rolled out in an enormous effort by Trumpworld to generate as a lot assist and cash as doable, the latter being particularly necessary given the ex-president’s climbing authorized prices.
Mr Trump’s cash haul over the weekend is probably going to offer his rivals pause because the contenders within the 2024 GOP subject writ giant attempt to achieve some much-needed traction within the wake of a Trump-less debate in Milwaukee final week. The ex-president was the one outstanding GOP candidate to not attend, citing his dominance within the polls and primarily declaring the race determined.
Whereas a quantity of Republican candidates have seen some success in early caucus states, they proceed to battle for second place as Mr Trump continues to dominate each nationwide and statewide polling of the race. Because it stands, Mr Trump is the broad favorite to win the 2024 GOP nomination regardless of (or maybe as a result of) of the continued efforts of legislation enforcement to carry him legally accountable for his actions, many of which have been taken publicly or have since been supported by recordings or different proof.
GOP voters, in line with polls, largely view the now practically 100 felony counts towards Mr Trump as politically motivated. The counts span a variety of points, with the primary indictment to drop truly referring to actions allegedly taken by Mr Trump throughout and shortly after his first marketing campaign for president in 2016.