Former President Donald Trump raised more than $4 million in about 24 hours following his indictment by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over allegations of campaign finance violations ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.
The charges involve a “hush money” payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels and a $150,000 “catch and kill” payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed they had an affair with Trump at various points in the preceding years. Trump has vigorously denied the allegations by both women.
The massive wave of cash follows a recent Yahoo/YouGov poll, which found Trump leading his closest rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, 57 percent to 31 percent. Despite the positive news for Trump, the poll also found that just 31 percent of respondents believe he should be allowed to serve as president again in the future if convicted of a crime in the case.
Several leading Republicans, including DeSantis, have been highly critical of the indictment. DeSantis announced on Thursday night that the state would not cooperate with any request to extradite Donald Trump after the former president was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.
“The weaponization of the legal system to advance a political agenda turns the rule of law on its head. It is un-American,” DeSantis tweeted.
“The Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney has consistently bent the law to downgrade felonies and to excuse criminal misconduct. Yet, now he is stretching the law to target a political opponent.
Florida will not assist in an extradition request given the questionable circumstances at issue with this Soros-backed Manhattan prosecutor and his political agenda.”
The indictment has also drawn criticism from 2022 Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who tweeted, “They just indicted President Trump.
Unfortunately for them, this will only make him…stronger. I didn’t think I could possibly support him more, but this political Witch Hunt only strengthens our resolve to fight. We’ve got your back, Mr. President.”