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President Trump Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign: It’s All About The Numbers

Filed under: General — Dana @ 3:50 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Last night President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando, Florida and a near-capacity crowd in attendance. According to offcial turnstile counts provided by the city of Olando, the 19,792 spectators fell slightly shy of the 20,000 capacity for the Amway Center. President Trump claimed during the rally:

“You know if we have three or four empty seats, the fake news will say, ‘Hey, they didn’t fill it up,’” Trump said at the rally. “They said, maybe we shouldn’t go to Orlando, we should go someplace else. I said, no, go to Orlando. Not only did we fill it up, we had 120,000 requests.”

To note:

Anyone could have requested two tickets at the Trump campaign’s website before the event, with a text verification required. Seating in the arena was mostly first-come, first-serve.

While most of the sections were filled to capacity, several sections in the upper tier of the arena had empty seats as the time approached for Trump to start his speech. But there also was a standing-room-only section on the arena floor in front of the stage that was crowded with people.

About an hour before Trump began to speak at 8:14 p.m., the long lines snaking around the Amway Center were gone and people could easily walk into the event. Only a few dozen people watched on screens outside at the campaign’s “45 Fest.”

None of this is really a big deal, except to President Trump, who will argue crowd size any day of the week, and will no doubt be contesting the actual count at some later point in time.

On a side note, reports state that President Trump raised nearly a whopping $25 million in the first 24 hours of his reelection campaigning:


From the report:

The $24.8 million sum is several magnitudes higher than the leading Democratic candidates seeking the chance to challenge Trump in 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign said in April it pulled in $6.3 million during the 24 hours after he announced his third White House run.

Remember that these numbers are coming from the campaign itself: All 24-hour fundraising numbers come directly from the campaigns themselves or party committees, rather than the Federal Elections Commission. Fundraising figures reported by the campaign will be publicly available by July 15 and will offer more detail, including amounts of money spent, and cash-on-hand totals.

And speaking of yuge numbers: Still no word from the White House when President Trump will pay off his MAGA rally debts :

A new investigation from NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity found the Trump campaign owes city governments across the country upwards of $800,000 for police and public safety costs from his events.

The largest invoice to date comes from El Paso, Texas, where the president held a campaign rally in February. Trump still owes the city $470,417 for the event, the invoice shows.

Some invoices date back to 2016, before Trump was elected president. His 2016 campaign skipped out on municipal public safety bills from Green Bay and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Tucson, Arizona; Burlington, Vermont and Spokane, Washington, according to the report.

Another five cities, including El Paso; Mesa, Arizona; Billings, Montana; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Lebanon, Ohio, are owed a combined $629,015.88.

Huge numbers, indeed.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

15 Responses to “President Trump Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign: It’s All About The Numbers”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (bb0678)

  2. *YAWN* Don’t count on Trump ever paying back those MAGA rally debts. He’ll probably try to stiff his creditors there just like he did when he was developing real estate in Manhattan.

    Gryph (08c844)

  3. How billionaires roll.

    Dana (bb0678)

  4. Grifter got game.

    Dana (bb0678)

  5. “None of this is really a big deal, except to President Trump”

    The media have been using crowd estimates as a proxy since at least the million man march.

    None of this is really a big deal unless it can be used to inflate or belittle whatever cause the media favors or opposes. Whenever that doesn’t work out, Trump throws it back in their face.

    Munroe (d9efa6)

  6. I guess when all you have are nails:

    narciso (d1f714)

  7. Anyone who takes an IOU from Kremlin Donnie is asking to get played…

    Dave (3c40e2)

  8. Lawyers are cheaper, especially the ones Trump hires.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  9. How billionaires roll.

    How do you think a man like him got to be a man like him?

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  10. To be fair, though, I imagine that Hillary had lots of debts, too. I wonder how many were forgiven by sympatico city governments.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  11. A friend told me he got an email from Trump asking for money.He wanted to kno why he needs money. (Theres a primary election next Tuesday in New York – in places. I guess the Public Advocate who won in the free for all election Feb 26 has a free ride to the nomination for the remaininG
    2 full years of the 4 year term. He’s a little bit better than de Blasio.

    The Bronx has nothing – all polls closed next Tuesday. Manhattan and Staten Island have scattered elections. Brooklyn (Kings County) has Surrogate and a county wide judge – also 6th district Queens has the District Attorney. There are no candidate statements for judges.

    Sammy Finkelman (9974e8)

  12. Imagine 20,000 Americans showing up– even waiting for days– to see JoeyBee or any of the other 23 weenwes?


    The only living American who can possibly beat Trump at and with his own game is Oprah Winfrey.

    Run, Oprah, run– and do it down an escalator!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  13. 9. Oh, I know how Trump got to where he is: inheriting Daddy’s money. Without it, he’d be a nobody today.

    Gryph (08c844)

  14. Speaking of “huge numbers”, the percentage of voters in the “definitely not” column is right up there (link). Even in Texas, 43% will definitely not vote for Trump and another 7% are probably nots. Nationally, 51% are definitely against the incumbent.

    Paul Montagu (ed450b)

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