In what is widely viewed as a turnaround from his earlier claim of self-funding his presidential bid, Donald Trump is heading to Texas to attend a three-city fundraising campaign.
The Republican Party’s presumptive nominee boasted previously that he was self-funding his presidential bid to avoid being beholden to contributors. This is central to his message during the primary campaign in order to gain voter support.
The fundraising event will be held in Dallas on June 16, according to Dallas Morning News.
Trump sees it differently
The Dallas fundraising event will be the first for Donald Trump and will directly benefit his campaign. Trump, however, sees it differently.
The GOP’s presumptive nominee said that the fundraising is happening only at the request of the Republican National Committee, according to AP report.
“The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit,” Trump said.
Self-funding a point of pride
During the primary, Donald Trump’s self-funding has been a point of pride. He reportedly lent his campaign at least $43 million.
“By self-funding my campaign, I am not controlled by my donors, special interests or lobbyists. I am working only for the people of the U.S.!” he wrote on Twitter in September.
Trump expected to raise hundreds of thousands
Donald Trump is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in this week’s fundraising efforts.
However, this will hamper his boast of being free from the influence of those who donated to his campaign—a point cited by many Trump supporters as the reason they will vote for him.
Trump countered this perception with the argument that the fundraising will be on behalf of other Republican candidates, not his presidential campaign.
When asked if he sees a contradiction in asking for money, Trump said, “No, because I’m raising money for the party.”
How this latest development will play out to many of Trump’s supporter and affect his presidential campaign is yet to be seen.