After a Manhattan grand jury indicted the former US president on charges connected to paying off a porn star, Donald Trump raised over USD 4 million towards his 2024 presidential campaign in just 24 hours, according to his office.
Nearly 25% of donations to the Trump Campaign, according to the former president’s campaign, were from first-time contributors, further establishing him as the undisputed front-runner in the Republican primary.
“This incredible surge of grassroots contributions confirms that the American people see the indictment of President Trump as a disgraceful weaponisation of our justice system by a Soros-funded prosecutor,” it said in a statement on Friday.
“With an average contribution of only USD 34, Trump’s 2024 campaign is funded by an unmatched coalition of hardworking patriots who are fed up with special interest donors like Soros spending billions of dollars to influence our elections,” it said.
Within the first five hours following the “sham indictment,” Americans from all 50 states contributed to President Trump’s campaign, according to the statement. Trump, a Republican, was indicted on Thursday by the grand jury for his part in paying porn star Stormy Daniels money to keep quiet about an alleged affair.
Trump will be arraigned on Tuesday, making him the first former US president to be criminally prosecuted. It is unclear what offences and how many criminal charges Trump has been charged with because the indictment is still under seal.
The Trump campaign on Thursday sent out a fundraising email asking for donations for the 76-year-old’s 2024 campaign just minutes after Trump was indicted.
The Trump team sent out the first of more than a dozen fundraising letters following the indictment. Regarding the former president’s indictment, the White House has declined to comment.
Donald Trump, the 45th US President from 2017 to 2021, has denied any impropriety about the payments made before the election in 2016. Among all stated and possible candidates for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump is currently in the lead.
Nothing in US law prohibits a candidate who has been found guilty of a crime from running for president and serving in that capacity, even while incarcerated.
The House of Representatives twice tried to remove Trump from office. Both times, the Senate found him not guilty.
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