Well, this is … interesting:
First on CNN: Trump is privately telling people he plans to begin fundraising if he wins the nomination https://t.co/qv43wrBJP2
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) March 3, 2016
More from CNN’s Sara Murray:
Donald Trump — who has attracted voters with his pledge to fund his campaign from his own bank account — intends to reverse course and raise money in the general election if he wins the Republican nomination, according to a source familiar with the plan.
Trump and his staff have told some individuals — including potential donors — that as soon as the billionaire businessman secures the nomination, he will pivot and begin fundraising for a general election fight, the source said.
In the event that he wins, Trump will have to quickly scale up his campaign — particularly if he’s competing nationwide against Hillary Clinton’s behemoth political organization. In private conversations, Trump and his aides have acknowledged that the Republican Party will need to be well-funded for the general election, and that Trump will work with the party to ensure that’s the case.
Now might be a good time for a flashback:
— Bill Murphy (@billmurphy) March 3, 2016
I don't believe I have been given any credit by the voters for self-funding my campaign, the only one. I will keep doing, but not worth it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2016
Will he “keep doing” it? Many are skeptical that he ever did it to begin with:
— Natasja Yonce (@NatasjaYonce) March 3, 2016
He's never been self funding. https://t.co/5OPPNDA24d
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 3, 2016
— Glenn Amurgis (@gamurgis) March 3, 2016
10 Not self-funding now 2) His big argument is anyone who fundraises is beholden to donors.. so he will be too? https://t.co/S44cGkSmv4
— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 3, 2016
Self funded! https://t.co/rY1OXGloUC
— Matthew (@Matthops82) March 3, 2016
— Bulldog36 (@Bulldog36) March 3, 2016
— Sheila D-#CruzCrew (@davis5739) March 3, 2016
If CNN’s report is accurate, will this have any effect on the Trump campaign’s momentum going forward?
Aside from some Trump supporters who refuse to be swayed by the report:
— Master Jack (@QuickLookII) March 3, 2016
— cat (@gigglemitz) March 3, 2016
— S.L.S (@laloren04) March 3, 2016
— Starreid (@starreidlady) March 3, 2016
— Kelly Wirth (@KellyWirth3) March 3, 2016
Many tweeters aren’t in any rush to give Trump the benefit of the doubt:
@SaraMurray Of course he will. He's only loaning his money to the campaign, he will pay himself back with donations.
— Political Momma (@PoliticalMomma1) March 3, 2016
— Norma Connors (@NormaConnors) March 3, 2016
— Ben (@WanderingBen) March 3, 2016
Here comes the donor class! https://t.co/rakpNUysOL
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) March 3, 2016
Time for the #TrumpTrain to start writing checks! Choo-choo!
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) March 3, 2016
Who will be the first to ask Trump to drop to his knees? https://t.co/8ZfV2p5rjg
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) March 3, 2016
— Triumphant Times (@triumphtimes) March 3, 2016
— 4q2 (@ForQ2) March 3, 2016
@jaketapper Whoa. What happened to "I don't need anyone to fund me I'm above it all I'll find myself?" Can't pay back the campaign loan?
— nannid62 (@nannid62) March 3, 2016
— heidi (@towittertoo) March 3, 2016
— mike8260 (@MikeSmith8260) March 3, 2016