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[WATCH] Trump Has Grifted Over $100 Million Since Leaving Office

Hey, those legal fees won’t pay themselves, you know.

Donald Trump has amassed a huge war chest within six months of leaving office, built on his constant asks for cash from his slavishly devoted supporters who willfully and obtusely bought into his delusional lie that the 2020 election was stolen. It is the latest sign, along with rallies and trips to battleground states to win his favor via state GOP candidates. Fueling his party’s incessant efforts to rewrite the history of his crimes against the Constitution and the country (example: January 6th deniers), Trump’s threat to basic political freedoms is far from over.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA – OCTOBER 31: US President Donald Trump addresses his supporters during a rally in Pennsylvania, United States on October 31, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Over the first six months of the year, Trump’s political groups whipped up supporters with baseless claims of election fraud to pull in cash on a scale similar to the GOP’s official political arms, the Republican National Committee, and the party’s House and Senate campaign committees. The nine figures is an unprecedented total for any former president, but it’s no big secret where all of the money is going. While the MAGA faithful believe their pennies will reinstall Trump back into the White House (November, now, right kids?), every last cent is going to Trump’s revolving door of a legal team, which now includes Doug Collins, who has nothing else to do after leaving Congress.

 

Trump briefly slowed his fundraising efforts following the January 6th Capitol riot but resumed it this spring. Much of what Trump has raised is expected to be used ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, although his role in that effort remains to be seen as his endorsements don’t seem to carry the same amount of political prestige they did even a year ago.

Earlier this year, Trump gave his blessing to a newly formed super PAC, Make America Great Again Action, which is allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. The organization, which is helmed by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, has already invested heavily to bolster Trump-endorsed candidates in a pair of special elections. The super PAC raised just over $5 million from its founding in early March through the end of June, according to a disclosure filed Saturday evening.

The grift will go on as long as Trump is a free man, which never ceases to amaze everyone. Watch “Morning Joe’s” coverage of the grift, below.

 



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