‘Donald Trump is being impeached’, these are words that hit global news headlines back in December.
The US President has seen a pretty hectic time of things over the last few weeks, and hectic seems to be an understatement.
In December when the headlines broke out, no one would have thought that the impeachment process would have actually benefited Trump, but from today’s report it seems that it has rallied his 2020 election campaign.
Analysts and campaign fundraisers in the United States found out that the impeachment trial led to Donald Trump raising an extra $60 million to fund his campaign activity.
This could have already been predicted from the moment that the US President was going through the initial impeachment procedure.
Trump would have been the third US President to be successfully impeached, however Republican support in both chambers of Congress had other ideas.
Such is the partisan nature of the US legislature that even though Trump does not have full support of his own party, Republicans are still not willing to host a Democratic president.
“The Democrats’ shameful impeachment hoax and dumpster fire primary process have only contributed” to the financial support for Trump’s re-election, said Brad Parscale, the president’s campaign manager, said in a statement, according to Reuters.
The campaign brought in an extra $60 million, which means that Trump’s 2020 campaign now has $200 million in cash on hand, a substantial figure.
US Elections are based on the premise that money buys power. The role of PAC’s and Super PAC’s allows money to influence the nature of legislation and the significant impact of lobbyists in a Presidential election may give Trump the high hand.
The website Open Secrets found that Trump’s campaign committee and outside groups had raised $232.09 million as of Feb. 3, based on Federal Elections Commission data.
The US election is coming to an interesting time, with the primaries and caucuses now taking place to determine who will be the front runner to contest against Donald Trump.
Bernie Sanders recently won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and bookmakers are not underestimating his ability to take Trump to the final hurdle.
Despite the recent win for Sanders, the Democratic Party and Trump need to remember that the US Election is a marathon not a sprint.