Donald Trump’s impeachment is turning into a huge fundraising opportunity for the Republican Party.
The president’s re-election campaign raised $5 million the day that Democrats impeached him, according to the New York Post — and this has been the best November on-record for Republican Party fundraising, Fox News revealed in an exclusive report.
Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox that impeachment has backfired on Democrats by energizing the president’s supporters, who feel that Democrats are trying to cancel their vote.
“I think the president has articulated very well that the American people feel like they’re being impeached, that their votes are being nullified,” McDaniel told Fox’s Harris Faulkner.
Impeachment pays off for GOP
Fox was first to report that the RNC had raised $20.6 million in November, when impeachment hearings led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) dominated the news. The party now has $63.2 million in the war chest — the most cash it’s had on hand since 2012, according to Fox.
In addition, Trump campaign chairman Brad Parscale boasted that the campaign brought in $5 million on Wednesday, according to the Post, even as Democrats voted along party lines to impeach Trump for vague “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.” But the “historic” vote immediately fizzled out when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threatened to withhold the articles of impeachment from the Senate, prompting Republicans to accuse her of playing games.
“Incredible fundraising numbers!” Parscale tweeted Wednesday. “[Trump] has raised over 5M dollars (still growing) today as Americans use their wallet to show support against Pelosi’s impeachment hoax!”
The Democrats’ “partisan trap”
For his part, Trump called the impeachment an attempt to overturn the 2016 election and an insult to the American people in an angry letter to Pelosi on Tuesday night, according to The New York Times.
Following suit, Republicans have wasted no time turning the tables on Democrats since their Wednesday evening vote — with plenty of help from the House speaker. By placing the Senate trial in limbo, Pelosi has helped validate accusations that impeachment is a game to Democrats driven by hatred of the president.
By any reckoning, impeachment appears to have backfired on the Democrats. According to McDaniel, moderate Dems who voted for impeachment will soon be held “accountable” after exposing themselves to be “Pelosi puppet[s]” who don’t care what their constituents think.
“These candidates who ran as centrists who were going to come to Washington to try and get things done have just fallen into the same partisan trap that Democrats have been in since President Trump was elected,” she told Faulker.
Some of those moderates notably faced angry constituents who disapproved of impeachment at recent town halls. Republicans had targeted those vulnerable Democrats with millions of dollars in advertising, Fox notes, but nearly all of them voted for impeachment anyway; notable exceptions included Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), who also switched to the Republican Party the following day and pledged his support to Trump.