Former Vice President Joe Biden might have become the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee through the process of elimination, but fundraising numbers suggest there is not a tremendous level of grassroots enthusiasm for his candidacy.
At least that was the takeaway for Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, who offered her analysis of Biden’s latest reported fundraising figures in an op-ed published by Breitbart. Writing Tuesday, Guilfoyle announced curtly that the former vice president “has always been a lackluster fundraiser” and suggested Dems just aren’t excited about his candidacy.
“Less than Hillary Clinton”
“Biden has always been a lackluster fundraiser whose campaign has had money woes throughout the Democratic primaries,” Guilfoyle, who is dating President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr., wrote in her Tuesday op-ed. “Only the reluctant support of the Party establishment allowed him to prevail in the race against Senator Bernie Sanders and his army of enthusiastic small-dollar donors.”
Guilfoyle went on to assert that, contrary to the assumptions of Democratic Party leaders, those who donated to rival candidates have not coalesced around Biden by contributing to his coffers.
She wrote that Biden’s $47 million reported haul during the month of March amounts to “more than $20 million less than Hillary Clinton raised in her first month as the Democrats’ presumptive nominee four years ago” and is “about the same amount that Bernie Sanders raised in March 2016, when he was still an underdog battling Clinton for the nomination.”
While Guilfoyle acknowledged that Biden’s backers would seek to excuse the less-than-impressive figures by blaming the economic shutdowns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she noted that President Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) had collected record-setting amounts during the same period. About three-quarters of that total came in the form of donations $200 or less, she added.
“Placing their trust in Donald Trump”
Further dissecting the numbers, Guilfoyle noted that more than half of the $32.7 million reportedly raised in March by the Democratic National Committee came from the leftovers of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s failed and self-funded campaign.
“It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the funding gap,” she wrote for Breitbart. “Even if both the RNC and the Trump Campaign were to suddenly stop accepting donations, Biden and the Democrats would have to raise about $1 million each and every day between now and Election Day just to catch up.”
Guilfoyle went on to point out that the Trump campaign has exceeded expectations by raising more than $270 million more than former President Barack Obama had collected at the same point in his 2012 re-election bid.
She described the president’s ability to bring in donations despite the pandemic as “a clear sign that people are placing their trust in Donald Trump to lead our country through the crisis.”
More than just an adviser
Guilfoyle, a former Fox News Channel personality, has long attracted media attention for her role in Trump’s campaign, as well as her romantic relationship with the president’s eldest son.
As she pointed out in the recent op-ed, the president’s fundraising successes combined with Biden’s struggles bode well for Trump and his supporters this November — provided everyone actually gets out and casts their vote.