Donald Trump has a new message for his supporters in an attempt to lessen the embarrassment of his recent poll numbers. His latest claim is that he is not only running against ‘Corrupt Hillary,’ he is also running against the ‘Corrupt Media.’
But, Trump is losing so badly to Hillary Clinton in battleground states that a Hillary SuperPAC, Priorities USA, is significantly reducing spending on television ads in those states. And what about Donald Trump. What is he doing in regards to television and radio ads? As the latest numbers reveal, not much.
Early Tuesday morning, NBC News political editor, Mark Murray tweeted how much the campaigns of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Green Party nominee Jill Stein, and Republican nominee Donald Trump have spent on advertising over the last two months.
Clinton camp: $61M
Jill Stein: $189K
Gary Johnson: $15K
Trump camp: $0 https://t.co/bukbVku5Nn
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) August 16, 2016
Yes, you read that correctly. In the last two months, Trump has spent ZERO dollars on advertising which is quite curious considering the huge pushes Trump has made for donations.
Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at Real Clear Politics, brought up that very topic of fundraising and it was retweeted by conservative talk radio host Steve Deace.
But he raised $80M in July. So where’s the money going? https://t.co/f1775WmPjS
— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) August 16, 2016
Since Trump has been droning on and on that the ‘corrupt media’ is the reason he is severely behind in the polls wouldn’t you think he would do all that he can to counter this negative portrayal he accuses the media of framing him in and the ‘lies’ that he says they tell regarding him?
One would think so, but he hasn’t. Again, in the last two months, despite raising $80 million in July, Trump has spent NO money on ads to attack Hillary Clinton, expose Hillary Clinton or counter the so-called lies he claims the media spreads about him.
Which brings me to an excellent question asked by my friend, black conservative and founder of Move-On-Up.org, Christopher Arps.
I don’t know about you but I would love for the Trump campaign to seriously address this point.
Trump is tanking in the polls after a series of self-inflicted wounds. Will he put his money, that he raised off the backs and wallets of supporters, where his mouth is and use that money to actually fight Hillary Clinton? If not, what is his plan for it?
In June, Trump made an announcement that, in order to assuage the concern of big donors that he would take any money they donated and pay himself back the money he loaned his campaign, he supposedly converted the loans to donations so that he could reimburse himself.
There’s only one problem.
There is no record of Donald Trump submitting any paperwork to the FEC to convert the loans to donations. Requests by NBC for a copy of the legal paperwork from the campaign were denied.
The fact that Trump raised $80 million in one month and is still actively, and aggressively, soliciting donations with nothing to show for it – no ground game, no campaign staff of a size necessary to be competitive, no significant number of offices, no television or radio ads — will no doubt bring up more questions about exactly where this money is going.
It certainly isn’t going to defeat Hillary Clinton.
We are 84 days away from the election and time is running out. The Trump campaign owes it not only to those leery of his candidacy but also those who have trusted and defended him, to explain what the plan, if any for the $80 million, and growing, that he raised under the guise of using it to defeat “Crooked Hillary.”