Trump supporters say theyre not going to give any more money to the campaign or Republican groups after getting what they describe as spam messages urging them to donate.
Frustration with the bombardment of the messages spilled into public view in recent weeks, culminating with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and a top committee official disparaging a pro-Trump political commentator who criticized them.
The urgent tone of the messages and language attempting to guilt-trip conservatives into donating prompted critics to post screenshots of the texts along with complaints.
One message read: “We texted you TWICE. Why did you let your 500% Trump House Patriot match expire AGAIN? Well give you 1 more chance.”
After pro-Trump commentator Kurt Schlichter said the NRCC wouldnt “get one freaking cent from me,” the committee and a spokesman hit back on social media.
I think it goes without saying that the NRCC doesnt get one freaking cent from me. https://t.co/Sksi5RPylS
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 26, 2020
“Hey Kurt – our digital fundraising operation has broken every fundraising record this cycle. Maybe instead of crying about tone on Twitter you could help get some conservatives elected?” Bob Salera, the spokesman, told Schlichter.
“This text raised $198,021 toward electing conservatives to Congress. But well certainly pass your complaints on to our manager, Karen,” the committee added, using what some describe as a slur.
The NRCC didnt answer the phone or return an email on Monday. The Trump campaign didnt respond to a request for comment.
Lisa Banner, a Georgia-based Trump supporter, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that she receives the messages, sometimes several per day.
“It makes me insulted,” Banner said. “It makes me feel as though he underestimates his base, which I am one of and a lot of other people that I know, and I dont know anybody this appeals to.”
The Trump campaign has sent out similar messages, including some that are purportedly from the president himself.
“Pres. Trump: I texted you. My sons texted you. Now Im texting you AGAIN. 7 HOURS LEFT & were short. Will you step up? Donate for a 7X-MATCH,” one read.
Bill Supplee, a Pennsylvania-based Trump supporter, told the foundation he replied “stop” but then started to get the messages from a different number.
“Its crazy. I dont know if its a scam or what. Nobodys getting my money now,” he said.
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