Tuesday, 24 January 2017

While Trump pleads for money ACLU receives six times its annual donations in a single day

The Committee to Defend the President (a project of the Republican Stop Hillary Hybrid PAC1 which raised money to assist Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign) is again seeking donations and expressions of support for Trump:

Mirror UK, 29 January 2017:

Donald Trump's presidency is under attack from the crooked media - that was the bizarre message beamed into millions of homes last night, urging supporters to call a phone number to help.

The vaguely sinister advert warns Trump's agenda to tear up the Affordable Healthcare Act, slash taxes for corporations and spend billions of US taxpayers cash are under "vicious attack".

In a shouty, robotic voice, it insists: "They think they are going to destroy Trump's Presidency - but THEY ARE WRONG."

It goes on to claim Democrats are setting up a "war room" to undermine the President, but doesn't really explain what that means.

And in a tone reminiscent of a TV infomercial, it warns "time is running out" and urges people to call a toll free number to prove Trump has the "overwhelming support of the American people."

Video of the deeply weird clip quickly spread on social media with confused Americans questioning why a sitting President appeared to be in campaign mode…..

You may think Donald Trump isn't a candidate any more, but you'd be wrong.

On the day of Trump's inauguration, he registered with the Federal Elections Committee as a candidate in the 2020 Presidential election. He's legally running for re-election already.

Is that unusual?

Yep. Nobody's ever registered as a candidate in the next election before their Presidency has started in the history of the United States.
Image found at @resisterhood

The Hill, 30 January 2017:

The American Civil Liberties Union received more than $24 million in donations over the weekend after the ACLU sued over President Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

The donations are roughly six times what the ACLU normally receives in one year, CNN reported

About 356,306 people contributed $24,164,691 to the organization this weekend, CNN reported.

A spokesman said the group ran “one last set of numbers” at the end of the night on Sunday that brought  the total to more than $24.1 million, CNN reported.

Officials have called the swift rise in donations “unprecedented.” An organization official, in an interview in CNN, had just one word to describe the rise in donations: “Wow.”

The organization is also reporting  a rise in membership since the start of the Trump administration.

Yahoo News reported ACLU membership rose from 400,000 to more than 1 million since the election. 

Given that during the 2016 presidential election allegedly over US$8 million of campaign money raised through political donations ended up in the bank accounts of Trump businesses, it is not hard to guess why Trump has declared his second candidacy so early.


1. The Stop Hillary PAC was one of three co-filing a lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court in December 2016, seeking to stop the Wisconsin vote recount after the November 2016 presidential election.

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