Mar-a-Lago, FL — President Trump asked his supporters over the weekend to donate their stimulus checks to his “fight to protect election integrity.” The request, which came in the form of a campaign email, was sent to over 45 million Americans and requested that “true patriots will help President Trump fix America.”
President Donald Trump called on Congress to amend the COVID-19 relief bill, saying he wants $600 stimulus checks to be increased to $2,000. U.S. government operations are being funded temporarily through Dec. 28, waiting for the $1.4 trillion in federal spending for fiscal 2021 that is also part of the bill. Failure to either pass another stopgap bill or override a possible Trump veto of the legislation could result in a partial government shutdown.
“The bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated,” Mr. Trump said in a video posted on Twitter. “It really is a disgrace.”
Many questioned why the President waited until after Congress passed the relief bill to ask for more money when he has plenty of time to inject himself in the debate. Whatever his motivation to steer clear of the legislation, it’s not clear that Mr. Trump wants that stimulus money for his post-campaign operations.
Much of the money raised since the election is likely to go into an account for the president to use on political activities after leaving office. In contrast, a small percentage of the contributions will go toward what is left of the legal fight.
Despite the allegations of defrauding his followers, Mr. Trump’s supporters are undaunted in their loyalty to the President, with many pledging their rent money to help him combat what they see as widespread election fraud. Election officials have maintained that there is no evidence of such activity.
“It’s the least we can do for our President,” said Gatlinburg, Tennessee resident Damion Hest. “If he needs $600 to fight the Democrats, he’ll get it from me. If I get the $2000 he wants, he can have that too. He’s a brilliant businessman, and if he gets more stimulus money for all of us, think about how much good he could do with that.”