Those paying astute attention have learned there are two narratives in America today, one being pushed by the media and the truths playing out everyday on Main Street.
Seldom are the two in agreement. For example, remember how the media and its friends in the polling business pegged Hillary Clinton as an easy winner last November, but then Main Street rose up and told a different tale?
It’s happening again.
To judge by the daily front page of the New York Times, NBC News and other mainstream media outlets, Donald Trump is a disastrous president who’s in the process of destroying the country and taking the Republican Party down with him. Republicans, of course, are likely to lose in 2018 and possibly every other election thereafter.
But a report in the Washington Free Beacon about Republican National Committee fundraising tells an entirely different story.
The Republican National Committee broke a fundraising record and raised more than $100 million during the first nine months of 2017, fueled by small-dollar donors at the center of a grassroots movement.
In a statement released by RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel, the “record-breaking fundraising has been fueled by grassroots enthusiasm for President Trump and the Republican Party,” McClatchy reported.
The accomplishment marked the first time the RNC raised that amount, that fast, in a non-presidential election year. September’s $10.4 million give the RNC $44.1 million in the bank with a total of $104.4 million raised this year.
Across the aisle, the Democratic National Committee had raised $46.3 million by the end of August with $6.8 million cash on hand. The DNC had not released September’s fundraising numbers prior to the Friday deadline for Federal Election Commission filings.
Of the RNC’s direct contributions this year, almost 60 percent – more than $44 million of the $75 million in total – have come from small donations. Overall, over 98 percent of those who gave were small donors, those who donated less than $200.
The RNC is putting the donations to work in districts and specific campaigns across the country. In a continued effort to expand the Republican majority in Congress, the RNC hired 17 state directors last month, in key states including Arizona, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, resulting in the organization’s most expansive field program in its history. The donations have also supported GOP candidates in key gubernatorial races, and will help the party get ready for the 2020 presidential race.
“This month’s numbers show once again that Americans of all backgrounds approve of the direction our country is headed under Republican leadership,” RNC Finance Chairman Steve Wynn said in a statement. “We are grateful to our generous donors who allow us to continue to expand our Republican majorities.”
So the RNC has more than doubled the DNC in year-to-date fundraising, and most of those contributions came from small donors — the ten dollars here, twenty dollars there variety.
Know who makes those kind of contributions? Ma and Pa on Main Street in Peoria. Folks who want secure borders, who don’t want a president that rolls over when rogue nations make threats, someone who’ll go on TV and says things they wish they could — things such as, “Fire that s– of a b—!”
If it’s true that people vote with their pocketbooks (and it is), Trump and the Republican Party are in better shape than anyone in the media knows because they’re listening to themselves instead of Main Street.
[NOTE: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com.]