The Trump verdict helped him raise millions of dollars

June 3 – Within the first 24 hours after the guilty verdict for former president Donald Trump was announced, Trump raised more than $50 million in donations. 

More than a third of the money came from first time donors. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Pollsters and political scientists will say that is a very positive sign for Donald Trump. When you have that many new people coming into the fold donating money and a huge chunk of that were small donors as well.”

New polling has come out asking people are you more or less inclined to vote for Donald Trump in light of these 34 felony convictions? 

Barkdoll said, “The Reuters/Ipsos poll over the weekend found that one in 10 Republicans are less likely to now vote for Trump in light of the convictions, but interestingly among Independents, 25% said they were less likely to vote for Trump, but 18% of them said they were more likely to vote for Trump because of the conviction. So a net minus of seven, pretty small number but again, this is going to be a race of inches. It’s going to be won on the margins. He can’t afford to lose 7% of Independents. These are very early numbers. No doubt they will change but nonetheless interesting.”

Also over the weekend, the Trump campaign launched a TikTok account. 

Barkdoll said, “He went to the Ultimate Fighting event over the weekend, launched his TikTok account. He already has more followers on TikTok after the first two days than Joe Biden has who’s had a TikTok account up for many months. Again, reflective of the fact neither candidate likes TikTok, both support banning TikTok, but they also recognize how important it is to reach that younger demographic of voters.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “It’s funny, 10 times as many followers on TikTok as Biden in just the first I don’t know how many hours that Trump was up on TikTok, which I find hilarious but here’s the problem for me. Those polls, I think they were counting on just a few percent difference because that’s what we are in these battleground states and if they could get that label, that convicted felon label, and let’s be honest, most of the public does not follow these things like the three of us do, like a very small percentage of people. The funny thing is, I talked to a lot of people over the last few days. Almost none of them knew the details of this trial, including my own daughters, which I was really infuriated with. Now, my daughter said, well, we know it was a sham. I’m like no, but you need to understand why. You need to understand the details. I forced it upon them. Here’s something hilarious though. We were in Northern Virginia. We were sitting at an outdoor table, there was not anybody really near us and when I brought up the subjects, my daughter’s looked at me and they said, shhhh, Mom, shhhh, don’t talk about this. I’m like, why? Now that’s a problem. My daughters were afraid for me to talk about this in Northern Virginia at an outdoor cafe because they were worried about a reaction. I find that just societally problematic that they would have that in their heads. First of all, most people don’t follow this. All they hear is Trump convicted felon and that’s all they hear. The other is that they don’t know the details because I think they were purposefully confusing. So it’s very hard to explain.”

Anthony Panasiewicz of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “We didn’t even know until after he was convicted what the secondary offense was.”

Jansen said, “Because you needed that for the felony of the two laws together in New York. It is absolutely absurd.”

Barkdoll said, “About the small margins, again, we can’t understate this point because CBS also had a poll and they did an interesting experiment and I think it was a couple of thousand people that they had asked that question to before the trial and the pollsters went back and asked the same respondents post trial, have you changed your mind? There was a difference of maybe like 2% and from afar, people may think well, that’s nothing, that means everyone is still in the same position. No. If you’ve got a 50/50 race, we know there’s these five or six states that are about tied, Pennsylvania is one of them, 2% is what’s going to make the difference in a race like this.”

Panasiewicz asked, “On that poll, do we have crosstabs? Do we have different states or anything like that?”

“No,” Barkdoll confirmed. “They also did not do cross tabs broken down by gender and race and age. I’m not sure why they did not do that because I think that would have also been interesting. So all we got out of this and I’m sure this was because of the time crunch, too, frankly, very high level data. One in 10 Republicans generically say less likely. But then 25% of Independents were less likely, but interesting to me among the Independents 18% were more likely to vote for Trump in light of the conviction. So really strange dynamics. This week, I think you’re going to see a bunch of polls come out about this same question and they’ll likely be much more detailed with cross tabs.”

Jansen suggested, “That’s the 18% that was actually watching and paying attention to the details of the trial.”