For months, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has bragged about not only how much money he himself had, but about how much money the campaign he was supposedly self-funding had. Well, it turns out that like most everything else that comes out of Trump’s mouth, this was nothing more than a boldfaced lie.
According to the Washington Examiner, this revelation came last week when Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch and told them the truth: Trump’s campaign is broke.
One GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments said that this essentially means that not only will Trump’s campaign be much more dependent upon the RNC during the general election than he led everyone to believe, but he will also be unable to launch television ads and other such promotions for his campaign throughout the next few months.
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,” said the source.
But this certainly isn’t what Trump said last week when he tried everything he could to make it look like the signing of a fund-raising agreement with the RNC was to benefit the party, not himself and his own broke ass campaign. “The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit,” said Trump. “‘Cause I was very happy to continue to go along the way I was.”
How committed the RNC will be to Trump and his campaign remains to be seen, though. “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.”
Senate GOP chief-of-staff who attended last week’s lunch said that Manafort seemed confident. “He said that he thought Hillary Clinton was the ideal opponent — that he was the ultimate outsider and she was the ultimate insider.”
However, this preemptive pissing and moaning about just how the RNC will decide to divide their funds has many Republicans convinced that Trump plans to blame the RNC if he doesn’t manage to pull off a win. “He’s going to blame it on the RNC if he doesn’t win in November,” the first source said. “They’re laying that groundwork now.
From what Manafort has said, it doesn’t look like Trump has any intention of putting his own money into the campaign over the course of the summer. His plan to depend on the media to further his campaign over the next two months caused mixed feelings among conservatives.
To be honest, it’s worked for him so far,” the first 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 reiterated this 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].”
Manafort has previously promised that Trump will stop making such a jackass out of himself and start acting more presidential, but at the same time, it is his carnival barker antics combined with his bigoted rhetoric that is kept the eye of the media on him. If he plans to depend on free media coverage for the next two months the only way he can feasibly do that is by continuing to make an embarrassing spectacle of himself.
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. “And he’s going to have a hard time unifying his own part. Because that’s how he’s going to get coverage.”
The Trump supporter disagreed, arguing that in the general election against Hillary Clinton, Trump will have a much easier time keeping the focus on himself without being an over-the-top court jester.
He’s zeroing in on Clinton now, already, which gives Republicans who have been reluctant to come on board, I think, more reason and cover to now come on board, because he’s pointing out Clinton’s weaknesses and faults,” the lawmaker said. “And I think those that have been more reluctant to come on board will be more comfortable that we’re all focused on the same thing, which is not having Hillary Clinton in the White House.”
But Senate Republicans running for reelection in blue states could have a miserable summer if his attacks against Hillary Clinton don’t manage to hold the media’s attention. “In some places, possibly getting those questions on Trump is going to be annoying,” an adviser to a vulnerable GOP incumbent said. “But a lot of times, he’s not going to be the shadow in local media that he is with national media.”
At some point, you would think that Republicans would start to catch on to the fact that Trump is nothing more than a narcissistic pathological liar. Unlike most politicians Trump isn’t just full of hot air, he’s also full of shit. And apparently, his campaign’s bank account isn’t full of anything but the tears of disappointed conservatives.
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