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Trump campaign's fundraising site crashes shortly after guilty verdict

WinRed, which the former president's campaign uses to fundraise, crashed within an hour after the guilty verdict was announced.
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Posted at 9:54 PM, May 30, 2024

The fundraising platform used by former President Donald Trump's campaign crashed within an hour after his guilty verdict — a technical issue his camp says shows voters' unwavering support for the Republican presidential front-runner.

Those trying to donate through Trump's campaign site in the wake of the conviction were redirected to WinRed, the payment processing platform used by Trump and other conservative campaigns. And although the homepage seemed to be functioning, moving to donate to Trump's campaign temporarily gave donors an error message.

"So many Americans were moved to donate to President Trump's campaign that the WinRed pages went down," the Trump campaign said in a post on X. "We are working on getting the website back online as quickly as possible."

Trump's campaign adviser, Chris LaCivita, encouraged donors seeing the error message to sign up for the former president's text messaging list while the issue was being resolved.

WinRed's Trump site appeared to be functioning again later in the evening Thursday.

The webpage features Trump's mugshot from the day he surrendered in his Georgia criminal case alongside the words "never surrender." The former president also calls himself a "political prisoner" and asks for supporters' "immediate pushback" to be "so massive it will go down in history!"

"Before the day is over, I'm calling on TEN MILLION pro-Trump patriots to chip in and say: I STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP!" the website states, noting the end-of-month fundraising deadline is days away.

But the GOP candidate wasn't the only one aiming to garner donations in the aftermath of the verdict. The presumptive Democratic nominee, President Joe Biden, did the same, saying in a post on X, "There's only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: At the ballot box. Donate to our campaign today."

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