Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at his campaign rally in Waco Texas on March 25 2023nbsp
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at his campaign rally in Waco, Texas on March 25, 2023, Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Indictment Aftermath

Trump Campaign Raises More Than $4 Million Since Indictment

The former president’s plan to energize his loyal MAGA base seems to be paying off.

Since the historic announcement of former president Donald Trump’s indictment in the Manhattan district attorney’s “hush-money” case on Thursday, Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign has flourished, raising $4 million in just 24 hours.

According to a press release from the Trump campaign on Friday, the money was raised “following Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s unprecedented political persecution of the President, and blatant interference in the 2024 election against the leading Republican presidential candidate.” The campaign added, “Most notably, over 25% of donations came from first-time donors to the Trump Campaign, further solidifying President Trump’s status as the clear frontrunner in the Republican primary.”  (The campaign is even selling a white t-shirt that says “I stand with Trump” with the date of his indictment below it.)

The grand jury indicted Trump on Thursday, making him the first former president to face criminal charges. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg was investigating the hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Although the official charges are under seal, it has been reported that Trump faces about 30 criminal charges, including at least one felony offense. The indictment occurred one day after news swirled that the grand jury would be on a scheduled hiatus for a month, making the news even more of a surprise—especially to Trump, who reportedly “had grown cautiously optimistic” that he wouldn’t be indicted at all. 

Trump has repeatedly targeted Bragg, and Thursday proved no different, as Trump responded to the indictment in a statement: “Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, who was hand-picked and funded by George Soros, is a disgrace. Rather than stopping the unprecedented crime wave taking over New York City, he’s doing Joe Biden’s dirty work, ignoring the murders and burglaries and assaults he should be focused on. This is how Bragg spends his time!”

He continued, “I believe this Witch-Hunt will backfire massively on Joe Biden. The American people realize exactly what the Radical Left Democrats are doing here. Everyone can see it. So our Movement, and our Party - united and strong - will first defeat Alvin Bragg, and then we will defeat Joe Biden, and we are going to throw every last one of these Crooked Democrats out of office so we can MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Following the news of the indictment, prominent GOP officials came to Trump’s defense. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted on Friday: “How can President Trump avoid prosecution in New York? On the way to the DA’s office on Tuesday,  Trump should smash some windows, rob a few shops and punch a cop. He would be released IMMEDIATELY!”

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On Thursday night, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz called the indictment a “terrible witch hunt” on Fox News, while adding: "We will wake up in a very different America tomorrow because can no longer have moral authority against the dictators and despots who have always found it easier to jail their political rivals than to compete against them in free and fair elections.”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy tweeted on Thursday that Bragg “irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election,” adding that “the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.” Some House GOP officials have already sent letters to Bragg asking him to “voluntarily cooperate with our oversight,” as they seek to investigate the investigator.

It’s not all that surprising that Trump's campaign raked in money in the indictment aftermath, as he’s pulled off something similar before; after he lost the 2020 election, he managed to raise $207.5 million in the month following Election Day. 

Last month at CPAC, when asked if he would continue his White House run if indicted, he replied:  “Oh, absolutely, I wouldn’t even think about leaving.” He added that “probably it’ll enhance my numbers, but it’s a very bad thing for America. It’s very bad for the country.”

Trump is flying to New York City on Monday—a day before he is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday. According to the Washington Post, a number of Secret Service agents already scoped out the Manhattan courthouse in order to find a secure route for Trump. He is also reportedly no longer joking about the chance to flaunt “golden handcuffs.”