Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump would want you to believe that he has an endless source of money, but according to what his campaign told Senate Republicans, he’s running short of cash. In fact, TV ads won’t be able to be run in June or July.
A lunch meeting took place with Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior adviser, and a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff last week, according to the Washington Examiner.
According to what the paper learned, Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP for money needed to fend off attacks from Hillary Clinton than he has led voters to believe. This is in stark contrast to what Trump has told the media.
“They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source told the Examiner.
‘That’s a far cry from Trump’s public insistence that he signed a fundraising agreement with the RNC in order to help the party, not himself. “The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit,” he said last week. “‘Cause I was very happy to continue to go along the way I was.”‘
“I don’t think the RNC is 100 percent committed,” a GOP donor told CNN. “If Donald Trump’s seven points down in October, they’re going to put that money toward Senate races and House races.”
This puts the GOP front-runner in quite a dilemma. There are some Republicans/Conservatives involved in the “Never Trump” campaign and the bombastic billionaire has ostracized many in his own party.
However, Manafort apparently felt confident at the lunch with GOP staff. A Senate GOP chief-of-staff who attended the lunch said, “He said that he thought Hillary Clinton was the ideal opponent — that he was the ultimate outsider and she was the ultimate insider.”
“He’s going to blame it on the RNC if he doesn’t win in November,” one source said. “They’re laying that groundwork now.”
So, that puts the RNC in a dilemma, too.
‘Manafort’s statements suggest that Trump won’t be using a significant amount of his own money to boost his campaign over the summer. And Trump’s plan to rely on media networks to fend off Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s attacks left Republicans with mixed feelings.’
“To be honest, it’s worked for him so far,” one source said. “When you get $2 billion of free earned media, it’s not a bad strategy. I think if it was a traditional campaign it would be a horrible strategy. You saw what happened to Romney in 2012 getting defined early. But Trump’s already so well defined it may not be a bad strategy for him.”
‘One of Trump’s House Republican supporters made the same point. “My understanding was that Donald Trump doesn’t need as much money as other candidates because he gets so much earned media,” the lawmaker said. “It’s not that they don’t have as much money — which, they haven’t had as much money, because they haven’t been out raising it, but I think you can fire that machine up [quickly].”‘
“He’s going to have to keep saying bombastic stuff that’s way far out there that’s going to continue to alienate people some in his own party,” the source continued to say. “And he’s going to have a hard time unifying his own part. Because that’s how he’s going to get coverage.”
However, Trump has continuously said that he is self-funding his campaign, but that wasn’t exactly true either. He lied then and he’s lied ever since. This would be a good time to see Trump’s tax returns even though he has said it’s “none of your business.”
Imagine that, Trump lied. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Put your hand down, Mr. Trump.