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GOP struggling to raise online donations for endangered 2020 candidates: report

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According to a report in Politico, GOP plans to use online fundraising more effectively for 2020 candidates who are facing uphill battles is not panning out as they had hoped.

Recognizing that online fundraising is the wave of the future, GOP strategists have made stabs at bringing in more cash but have already fallen way behind their Democratic counterparts.

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Noting, “The GOP has vowed to work harder to appeal to small-dollar donors after getting hit by a ‘green wave’ of Democratic online cash in 2018. But some of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection in 2020 are off to a slow start,” Politico adds, “Only two of the six most endangered Republican senators topped six figures in digital spending in the first quarter.”

“On average, the GOP senators were outspent on Facebook ads prospecting for supporters, data from the social media network shows,” the report states. “And every vulnerable Democratic incumbent raised more small-dollar money in the first three months of the 2020 election cycle.”

According to the report, GOP strategists are panicking about the shortfall with memories of the 2018 midterm debacle –which led to Democrats reclaiming the House — still fresh in their minds.

“We just know that the Democrats, through their online fundraising culture, are going to be able to bring millions of dollars out of nowhere at very short notice,” GOP digital strategist Eric Wilson lamented. “Republicans can’t muster that. We have to take time to build these lists.”

According to the report, a handful of Republican senators, including Senators Cory Gardner (CO), Joni Ernst (IA) and Tom Tillis (NC) are lagging on the digital front.

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“This could just be Republican campaigns keeping their powder dry for future opportunities. But this isn’t something campaigns can afford to have to happen a year from now,” veteran GOP digital advisor Tim Cameron explained. “Campaigns still suffering from a digital spending deficit will probably regret not making earlier investments.”

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Ex-White House aide describes Trump’s abusive tantrums when he doesn’t get his way: ‘Not normal at all’

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Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, former Donald Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman backed up assertions in the book " A Very Stable Genius" that the president is prone to tantrums when he doesn't get his way and becomes abusive to staffers and cabinet members alike.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Omarosa -- who wrote an insider's account of life in the White House after she was unceremoniously fired -- said there was little in the new book that surprised her.

Digging into her Oval Office days, the former adviser and longtime Trump associate described the president's "zero to 200" screaming jags when displeased.

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Ex-Bush aide admits GOP would have removed Obama if he did ‘one tenth of what Trump has done’

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A former strategist for former President George W. Bush accused Republican lawmakers of hypocrisy on Sunday for for failing to honestly consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Matthew Dowd, a campaign strategist-turned-media-analyst, made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday.

"Deep in their hearts the Republicans in Congress know that if Obama had done one tenth of what President Trump has done they would have voted to impeach and convict him," Dowd wrote. "And Fox News would have been cheering them on. And Trump would have been pushing for it from the sidelines."

Deep in their hearts The republicans in Congress know that if Obama had done one tenth of what president trump has done they would have voted to impeach and convict him. And Fox News would have been cheering them on. And trump would have been pushing for it from the sidelines.

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‘Opportunistic’ Trump has an ulterior motive for hyping Virginia gun rally on MLK day: MSNBC guest

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During a panel discussion on MSNBC's "AM Joy," the Reverend Mark Thompson claimed that President Donald Trump is sending a message to his rabid base by hyping up a pro-gun rally in Virginia on Martin Luther King Day.

Addressing the rally to be held in Richmond, which has the entire state on edge and forced lawmakers to ban weapons at the event in the name of safety, Thompson told host Joy Reid it was accident that the president linked the rally to a day when Americans celebrate the life of the civil rights leader who was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis.

Asked about Trump's tweets about the rally, the reverend called them disgraceful.

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