Whether it’s good news or bad news, there’s no such thing as “no news” about Donald Trump. And that may be why he’s not worried that Hillary Clinton has a boatload of campaign cash and he doesn’t. Everything he says and does is “news,” so why pay for it? Then, of course, he lives on Twitter, which is also free.


As PT Barnum is reported to have said, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” or as Oscar Wilde said, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” If that’s true, Trump is particularly lucky lately. Last week, there were two items of bad publicity. The first was that an old rape accusation has been renewed, according to the National Review.

As if Donald Trump didn’t have enough legal problems and bad juju, now he has another headache to deal with: a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in New York accusing him (along with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein) of raping a 13 year old girl in 1994 at a party at Epstein’s place. . .

Epstein [once pled] the Fifth Amendment to the question, “Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18?”

Also on Tuesday of last week, the Daily Caller reported on the assassination attempt on Trump.

A man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas tried to grab a gun from a federal officer so he could execute the Republican nominee.

The officer involved claims Michael Steven Sandford – aged 20 – attempted to take his gun with the intention of shooting Donald Trump, the Associated Press reports.

Neither of these stories are being talked about much. The Washington Post asks why.

. . . the assassination attempt on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn’t been covered as a major news story. . .

Trump called in to the Trump-friendly “Fox & Friends” morning show and wasn’t even asked about the attempt on his life.

It’s worth noting that the real estate magnate didn’t bring it up, either. Trump hasn’t so much as tweeted about it. . .

From Trump’s perspective, Sandford doesn’t fit neatly into his campaign narrative. The billionaire has positioned himself as a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, so he certainly won’t use the failed assassination attempt to push for gun control. Sandford is an illegal immigrant — and Trump is all about deporting illegal aliens — but the. . .Briton who overstayed his visa isn’t a very good poster boy for the cause.

One thing that did get a lot of attention was Trump’s tiny. . .campaign bank account. As we said at the beginning, he can get free news coverage—which people ignore less than ads. Still, he’s way behind in the cash race, according to Fox News.

Donald Trump’s fundraising is slipping far behind Hillary Clinton’s as the candidates tilt toward a general election battle. . .

The reports show donors gave just over $3 million to Trump’s campaign in May, while the billionaire businessman lent his effort another $2.2 million.

Clinton’s campaign raised more than $26 million in May, her report shows.

The biggest difference is in cash on hand.

Trump’s campaign started June with $1.3 million in the bank. Clinton’s started with $42 million.

Not only does Trump get free news and free PR and free Twitter, there are also all the news reports about Trump’s tweets. Or in this case, tweets about Trump, with the hashtag #TrumpSoPoor, such as #TrumpSoPoor that he’s asking LeBron if he can bunk with him for the convention. Or #TrumpSoPoor he can only afford a half taco bowl at Trump Tower. Or #TrumpSoPoor he can’t afford exclamation points anymore. Or these:

#TrumpSoPoor he’ll have to start marrying women his own age.

#TrumpSoPoor he’s now campaigning for @BernieSanders so he can get “free stuff.”

#TrumpSoPoor he uses Tang® when he runs out of foundation.

#TrumpSoPoor he’s being hounded by #Trump University recruiters.

#TrumpSoPoor he’ll have to start paying taxes.

#TrumpSoPoor he can’t even take his daughter out on a nice date.

#TrumpSoPoor next time he’ll only be able to afford a “participation” trophy wife.

#TrumpSoPoor even his fact check bounced.

#TrumpSoPoor he is not allowed to use the main entrance at Trump Tower.

And also here:

#TrumpSoPoor his next wife will be from Mexico.

#TrumpSoPoor he’s being sponsored by a kid in Africa.

#TrumpSoPoor when he calls a radio or TV show, the first thing they hear is, “will you accept the charges?”

#TrumpSoPoor he’s now looking for a little hand-out.

#TrumpSoPoor he can’t even afford to lie about donating to veterans anymore. Sad!

#TrumpSoPoor he’s been forced to scale back his Mexican wall to a “Stay off my lawn” sign

One thing is not a laughing matter. I used to buy media, and I know there are a limited number of timeslots. If Hillary is smart, she’ll use all that money now to reserve commercial time in swing states—so there will be none left for Trump to buy when he gets the money.

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Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

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