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Trump Campaign Raises $53M in 24 Hours Following Conviction

Trump Campaign Raises $53M in 24 Hours Following Conviction

Former President Donald Trump’s campaign announced that it raised nearly $53 million in small-dollar donations within 24 hours of his conviction in the New York hush money trial. This remarkable sum, equivalent to over $2 million per hour, was driven by an outpouring of support from new and existing donors.

On Thursday, a Manhattan jury convicted Trump on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels. Trump allegedly paid Daniels to keep quiet about an affair that occurred in 2006, shortly after the birth of his son, and then falsified records to cover up the payments during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Following the conviction, Trump’s campaign website quickly directed visitors to a fundraising page, declaring him a “political prisoner.” The page saw so much traffic that it temporarily crashed.

Trump’s senior campaign aides, Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles, called the trial a “sham” and praised the surge in donations as a sign of strong support from “patriots across our country.” They stated that over a third of the donations came from first-time contributors.

President Joe Biden and his administration have stayed silent on the trial, which was initiated by New York state authorities. Trump, however, has used the conviction to galvanize his base, portraying himself as a martyr fighting against political persecution. He has drawn comparisons between his situation and figures like Nelson Mandela and Jesus Christ.

Trump is scheduled for sentencing on July 11, but plans to appeal the verdict. Despite his legal troubles, he remains a leading figure in the Republican Party, leveraging controversy to bolster his political and fundraising efforts.

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