In April Fools’ joke, Trump says he is suspending campaign

Published April 2, 2024
Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump attends the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting on February 24, 2024, in National Harbor, Maryland. — AFP
Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump attends the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting on February 24, 2024, in National Harbor, Maryland. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump sent a message to supporters on Monday that appeared to announce he was suspending his election campaign, but it turned out to be an April Fools fundraising bid.

The former Republican president, who is seeking to evict his Democrat rival Joe Biden from the White House in November’s vote, sent the abrupt message stating “I’m suspending my campaign” to supporters by email and text, accompanied by a link.

But clicking on it took users to a site inviting them to donate money to his campaign.

“Did you really think I’d suspend my campaign? Happy April Fools’ Day!” he wrote in capital letters.

The Biden team quickly clapped back with a jibe at Trump’s allegedly lazy schedule.

“Trump hasn’t campaigned in 16 days. So not sure what the difference is,” said Biden campaign staffer Ammar Moussa.

For years, US political candidates have courted small donors, inundating supporters with text messages, emails and phone calls — sometimes more than a dozen a day — appealing for them to contribute financially to the cause. They can rake in millions of dollars by doing so, a key source of cash in a country where a presidential run can cost billions of dollars.

Published in Dawn, April 2nd, 2024

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