This past week, President Donald Trump continued his re-election push with a speech to the National Association of Realtors, an organization representing a group he called “bloodsuckers” at one point on the campaign trail ahead of the 2016 elections. He touted his speech on Twitter with almost humorously framed language, expecting his followers to be excited — or something — that he talked to the “National Association of REALTORS!” The mysteries of Trump’s random capitalization will remain just that — a mystery, for now.
Today, it was my great honor to address the the National Association of REALTORS! https://t.co/LQNExa57ne
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Quartz notes that the particular group Trump spoke to represents a couple of key fronts on which he’ll need to ramp up support if he hopes to have an easy time in the 2020 election — well-educated female voters and fundraising. The group themselves calls the typical realtor a “54-year-old white female who attended college and was a homeowner,” and Trump garnered less than half the vote from such people in 2016 and it’s not like there’s some resounding reason to think that his support among women has spiked by any significant margin in the time since.
Concurrently, the National Association of Realtors has been steadily increasing its political contributions hitting the new record of $17 million during the 2018 midterm election cycle and donating to both Democrats and Republicans — but Trump hasn’t been a major beneficiary of the group, yet at least. Considering he has had an active re-election campaign running since basically his inauguration, he’s had time to accumulate a considerable base of cash, hitting some $41 million at the end of the first quarter of this year, most of which came from new donations. Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic contender who even came sort of close, hitting $18.2 million in first quarter donations.
Trump’s actual remarks at the National Association of Realtors were filled with conventionally Trump-ian rhetoric. He veered between claiming Elizabeth Warren is an “angry person” and denouncing anonymous sources for media reports as “bullshit.”
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