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Trump’s fundraising site crashes after influx of donors following hush-money pleas in New York

Trump’s fundraising site crashes after influx of donors following hush-money pleas in New York

Donald Trump’s historic conviction in his hush money case in New York on Thursday may land the former president in jail, but it has not dampened enthusiasm for his campaign.

Shortly after the verdict was announced, the official GOP fundraising site tied to his 2024 efforts crashed.

“The American people see through Crooked Joe Biden’s a rigged show trial,” the campaign wrote on X. “So many Americans were moved to donate to President Trump’s campaign that the WinRed pages went offline. We are working to get the website back online as soon as possible.”

Major Trump supporters said they were undeterred by the conviction; in fact, it seemed to energize them.

“All the charges are trumped up,” Robert Bigelow, who has donated more than $9 million to an outside group supporting Trump, told Reuters.

Within minutes of Trump’s conviction, his campaign sent out a fundraising email claiming the former president was a “political prisoner.”

Trump's donation site was immediately updated to state that his guilty verdict makes him a Trump's donation site was immediately updated to state that his guilty verdict makes him a

Trump’s donation site was immediately updated to state that his guilty verdict makes him a “political prisoner” (Donald Trump)

“I was just convicted in a WRONG political witch hunt trial: I DID NOTHING WRONG!” reads the email.

The post also boasted that Joe Biden’s “chances for a second term ENDS TODAY!”

Seventeen percent of voters in a new poll said a guilty verdict would make them less likely to vote for Trump, while 67 percent said a guilty verdict would make no difference in their choice in November.

Trump supporters gather outside the criminal court where former President Donald Trump is on trial on May 29, 2024, in New York City.  (Getty Images)Trump supporters gather outside the criminal court where former President Donald Trump is on trial on May 29, 2024, in New York City.  (Getty Images)

Trump supporters gather outside the criminal court where former President Donald Trump is on trial on May 29, 2024, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Trump has raised money for his legal troubles before.

Last year, after the release of his mugshot in his ongoing 2020 election conspiracy case in Georgia, the Trump campaign used the image to raise millions in donations.

Trump later gave away pieces of the suit worn in the photo, in addition to trading cards, as part of his fundraising efforts.

Trump may be the first president in US history to be convicted of a crime, but his campaign is steaming ahead, with a slight lead over Joe Biden in national polls.