President Donald Trump on Wednesday night defended his campaign raising less cash in August than Democratic rival Joe Biden — who raked in a record-breaking $364 million last month — on Wednesday night by claiming he didn’t want help from big donors.
When Fox News host Sean Hannity asked if Trump running fewer ads than Biden in Florida was a “strategy” and mentioned that the President was “shy of $300 million” (which is false; the Trump campaign had raised $210 million last month), Trump claimed his campaign has “a lot of money coming in from small donors.”
“I haven’t been heavy on big donors because I don’t want to call them,” the President told Hannity. “When you called big donors, you sort of put yourself in a very compromising position. When somebody puts up a lot of money, you’re in a compromised position. Whether you say it, whether you don’t say it, it doesn’t matter.”
“What I like are the small donors,” he added.
Trump said he would put up his own money into his campaign “if I saw that we needed more.” Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Trump was considering pouring as much as $100 million into his reelection efforts.
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— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) September 10, 2020