Trump Dumps Key Position That Defined His Candidacy Because He Needs Money
Even Trump with all his billions says he won’t be able to self finance for much longer; the question is whether GOP donors will back him. Since the start of his campaign, one of Trump’s key brags has been that as super-successful, "very rich" businessman he was self-funding versus taking money from super PACs like his opponents. However, pivoting to the general election, Trump seems to have decided he does actually need more money. Yes you read that correctly.
Trump has just launched a national fundraising operation, because “he faces a general election price tag of $1 billion, or more,” reported Fox News’ Eric Shawn. But Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, told Fox News Sunday, that this should in no way shift Trump’s appeal.
“[Trump] was nominated to be the Republican nominee by the people based on a self-funded campaign. Donald Trump has proven in the primary process, he put his money where his mouth is,” Manafort said.
No pun intended. But even though Trump’s got a billion in the bank already, he will be soliciting from other sources. And it may not be easy.
“He’s going to tap into the Republican party apparatus, the donor network,” explained The Weekly Standard’s Michael Warren. “I think though it’s an open question about whether or not he’s actually going to be able to get that money, or at least the large amount that say, a Mitt Romney-style or even a Ted Cruz-style nominee would have been able to enjoy simply because of his unique nature as a candidate and the number of constituencies he’s ticked off,” Warren added.
Aww, poor guy. Watch: