President Trump reportedly smashed a record as he delivered his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening.
Ahead of the address, Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign offered donors an opportunity to see their name on the live stream, raising over $2.4 million in the process.
The figure was “some $1 million more than last year,” the Washington Examiner reports, shattering the record Trump set himself.
According to the report, the president’s son, Eric Trump, and his wife, Lara, helped in the fundraising effort.
“Tonight my father’s giving the State of the Union Address. Have your name broadcast LIVE during the speech. Donate in the NEXT HOUR,” Eric Trump said in an email.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for you to show every single critic in the world, that you publicly support the greatest president ever. When the president talks to me about our great country, he always says that what makes America so great is YOU – the hard-working American,” Lara Trump said in a different email. “Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your name cemented in history!”
Those behind the effort said the surge in donations from $5 to $2,700 was a sign of support for Trump.
As the president began his speech Tuesday night, officials said that they had received over $2.4 million from over 76,000 individual contributors. “And the list is still growing,” said an official.
Last year, a similar effort raised $1.5 million from 75,000 donors.
“As a result of the RNC and the campaign’s joint efforts in support of the president’s reelection, we have surpassed last year’s total by nearly $1 million and matched the number of supporters who have elected to have their name appear on the official livestream,” said a GOP official.
As Breitbart News reports, most people approved of Trump’s State of the Union address.
According to the report, a CBS News/YouGov poll showed 72 percent of people approved of immigration policies Trump laid forward in his address and 76 percent of people approved of the entire speech.
In a snap poll conducted by CNN, 76 percent of speech viewers said they feel positive about the address. According to CNN analyst David Chalian, 59 percent believed the speech was very positive, while 17 percent said it was somewhat positive.
23 percent of viewers called it negative.
Trump delivered the belated annual address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber, as he called on lawmakers to approve his “commonsense” proposal for an expanded physical border at the U.S.-Mexico border that was at the center of the government shutdown that pushed the address back a week.
“It includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry,” Trump said of his plan. “In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall — but the proper wall never got built. I’ll get it built.”
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