Donald Trump has had a rather nasty go of it lately. Don’t get me wrong, the dude’s been an epic shitbag since I’m guessing probably around 3 or so (I’d imagine he was kind of okay before he could talk.) But here recently, in the wake of his formal impeachment scandal that’s gaining more traction than I’m sure he was prepared for, Donnie has gotten rather desperate. And just like every other time he’s found himself in a position where he really doesn’t know what to do, his desperation is showing in the form of exceptionally shitty, uncalled for and sometimes downright dangerous decisions — in an attempt to make himself more liked or at least distract from the dumpster fire that is his presidency and frankly, his life.
However, more often than not, Donald’s desperation tactics have a tendency to backfire on him — leaving him worse off than he was to begin with. Recent pollings of his popularity, likeability, and chances at reelection this year have been more than enough to reflect the fact that many of his former voters just don’t wanna vote for him no mo’.
But according to a new report from the Daily Beast, Trump’s quickly dwindling voter base isn’t his biggest issue. As it turns out, many of the big-money donors who helped fund his 2016 campaign aren’t chomping at the bit to fork over their dough for him anymore either.
In fact, not only are they not donating to Trump, they’re actually giving their funds to Democratic candidates instead.
“[Fifteen] such donors who collectively gave more than $700,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee but who have since contributed to the presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates including Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell, and John Delaney,” the Beast report begins.
It’s not entirely uncommon for well-off political campaign donors to spread their donations across both Republican and Democratic candidates as a way of keeping their options open. However, the majority of those that contributed to Trump’s campaign aren’t keen on this tactic, as they’re typically die-hard GOPers who have simply grown weary of Donald and his ways.
“It had only been a couple years since [Jennifer] Pritzker, the world’s only known trans billionaire and a Republican mega-donor, had chipped in a whopping $250,000 to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee,” the report states. “But three months after publicly objecting to the GOP’s stance on trans issues, she gave $1,000 to Democrat Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.”
Pritzker, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, explained that her decision to back away from Trump came from Donald and his administration’s stance on trans rights.
“I’ve grown frustrated as I watch this Republican administration push to ban transgender military service. Anti-transgender platforms are causing me to evaluate my party support,” Pritzker penned in a Washington Post op-ed. “I have hoped the Republican Party would reform from within and end its assault on the LGBTQ community. Yet, the party continues to champion policies that marginalize me out of existence, define me as an eccentric character and persecute me for using the public restrooms that correspond to my gender identity.”
The Beast report notes that Pritzker contributed to Republicans Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and John Kasich, in addition to Trump.
“Chrysa Tsakopoulos Demos, the chief executive of California land development company AKT Investments, is a longtime Republican donor who backed Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. She donated $5,000 to the Trump inaugural, and continued donating to Republicans through 2018, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Great America Committee, Vice President Mike Pence’s political group,” the report states, adding, “But Demos’ only federal political contribution so far in the 2020 cycle is the $2,800 she donated last year to Biden’s presidential campaign.”
They go on to note that Greg Maffei, the chief executive of the Colorado-based media company Liberty Media, was a “$250,000 donor to the Trump inaugural who is backing Democrats in 2020.”
“This time around, though, Maffei has supported the two Democratic presidential candidates from his home state. In March 2019, he gave the per-election maximum of $2,800 to Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor,” the report reads. “Two months later, after a max-out donation to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, Maffei donated $100,000 to a super PAC supporting Hickenlooper. After Hickenlooper withdrew from the race, Maffei donated the legal maximum to [Michael] Bennet’s presidential campaign.”
It’s strikingly clear at this point that Trump is floundering in pretty much every aspect of his reelection efforts. It’s only a matter of time now before his time is up.
You can read the full report here.
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