Former President Donald Trump on Monday ripped into the New York Times for running a story on refunds issued to people who claimed they unwittingly signed up to be recurring donors to his campaign.
Trump said in an emailed statement that the article was a “completely misleading, one-sided attack piece” that sought to demean him.
“In yet another highly partisan story, the failing New York Times wrote a completely misleading, one-sided attack piece this weekend that tried to disparage our record-setting grassroots fundraising operation during the 2020 campaign,” Trump said.
“Except for massive voter fraud, this was a campaign that was easily won by your favorite Republican President, me! Our support in 2020 was so big—never before seen (received more votes than any sitting President in history, by far), that it has become a major threat to the Democrat Party, which explains why the New York Times immediately rushed to defend their Radical Left allies.”
Trump, whose voter fraud claims failed in court, continued: “Before our two campaigns, 2016 and 2020, Republicans would always lose small dollar donations. Now we win, or do very well, because we are the Party of Working Americans, and we beat the Democrats at their own game.”
The Times article reported that refunds issued by Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee were higher than those issued by President Biden’s campaign and Democratic groups.
In the final two-and-a-half-month stretch of 2020, the Trump campaign and the RNC reportedly issued more than 530,000 refunds that totaled $64.3 million. Biden and Democratic allies reportedly issued 37,000 refunds that amounted to $5.6 million.
Trump said his campaign effectively raised large amounts of money by replicating Democratic strategies.
“We learned from liberal ActBlue—and now we’re better than they are! In fact, many people were so enthusiastic that they gave over and over, and in certain cases where they would give too much, we would promptly refund their contributions. Our overall dispute rate was less than 1% of total online donations, a very low number,” Trump said.
“This is done by Dems also. The New York Times knew this but buried these details in their story—they didn’t talk about, however, how the CHEATING Democrats circumvented State Legislatures (approval is required by the U.S. Constitution) in Swing States to rig the 2020 Presidential Election, or how Democrats paid for votes in many Urban Centers, in a little thing called ‘walking around money,’ how Democrats threatened Union Members with the loss of their jobs if they didn’t vote Democrat, massive Fake Mail-In Ballots, illegal immigrants and dead people who voted (for Dems), and much more.”
Trump added: “Our fundraising efforts, working together with the Republican party, were all done legally, and all with the goal of ensuring that my Administration could continue to Make America Great Again. The Election on the other hand, was massively rigged and stolen—and now look what is happening to our Country, and in particular at our southern border. If you are one of the record-setting 75 million Americans who voted for me, donated or volunteered, THANK YOU! The best is yet to come!”