Political ad season is political ad annoyance season — nobody is excited to open a mailbox full of fliers that are mostly political attack ads, or to check a new text or email just to find that it’s another plea for cash. However, it seems that Trump supporters are getting particularly sick of the ads being sent out on his behalf — or at least, that’s what Charlie Kirk says they’re telling him.
In fact, Kirk, who is a founder of the right-wing Turning Point USA, appears on Real America’s Voice, and is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, says that even he believes they’re too much. He specifically referred to the nonstop stream of messages as “unfiltered garbage.”
Of course, he emphasizes that Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr, shouldn’t be held responsible for the emails, since they’re not sending them directly. Still, this is a high level of criticism of Trump fundraising, from a Trump-supporting pundit and network.
Charlie Kirk complains about all the Trump fundraising emails: "People are not this dumb" pic.twitter.com/AWp2OBGt7s
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 1, 2022
“By the way, it’s not from Trump, it’s from all the consultants around him,” Kirk explains before he gets too deep into a rant that might seem critical of the former president. “I love Trump. I defend Trump.”
Despite that, he complains that sometimes he’s getting multiple ads minutes apart, and that he’s hearing complaints from others, too.
“It is a joke. It is a mockery. I talk to grassroots people all the time. They say, ‘Charlie, why do I get all these emails?”
He calls the fundraisers “an absolute insult to our intelligence,” and “These are within like five minutes. They’re sending them nonstop.”
Of course, you don’t have to be a Trump donor to get these emails — see below where I shared a screenshot of one I received earlier this year urging me to purchase a Trump Gold Card.
It's not really clear what they "hate to do" here. Email me? Not get donations from me? Try to sell me a piece of Trumplastic? Fail to do so? pic.twitter.com/1AcfDWJyEi
— Steph Bazzle (deplatform the death cult) (@imjustasteph) May 7, 2022
You can also see in it the bombastic language that Kirk is complaining about — “Friend, we hate to do this…” — which seems to suggest some sort of dire consequences incoming unless the recipient hurries and plops down a donation. Others warn that the former president will be disappointed if he learns that the recipient hasn’t donated yet, or insist that Trump needs you (that is, each individual on the mass mailing list) personally, to help him out.
While most people do get tired of political mailings and pleas for donations, the Party of Trump can be somewhat cultlike — so it stands out to hear that they’re getting frustrated with the glut of low-effort demands for their support.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com