For the longest time Donald Trump said he would be bankrolling his own campaign…because he is “really rich”. Well, now Trump realizes campaigns are more expensive than he previously thought, and he is soliciting donation from his supporters.
The billionaire Republican nominee claims to have raised $35.8 million in July from small donations alone, his message of Making America Great Again having compelled yuge numbers of Americans to part with their hard-earned dollars.
But with Trump’s support in the polls plummeting amid a series of self-destructive temper-tantrums, not everyone wants to continue donating to his presidential effort. Sadly, it’s not that easy to get off the Trump train.
While it’s not particularly hard to give your money to Trump—the option to give anywhere from $10 to $2,700 is easily accessible on his Web site, beneath the all-caps commandment “I AM YOUR VOICE”—it’s apparently nearly impossible to stop giving once you’ve started.
Mic.com confirmed reports that the Trump campaign site does not allow people who have set up recurring payments online to stop automatic donations every month. The issue was brought to attention by a former Trump supporter whose grievances with the site were widely circulated online:
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) August 4, 2016
After testing Trump’s campaign donation page, Mic discovered that it could not remove its credit-card information from the campaign’s databases, much less cancel its own recurring donation of $1. One credit-card number can only be exchanged for another, valid number. The site couldn’t find any instructions on how to cancel its donations, either. (The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
By contrast, Mic found it easy to cancel a recurring payment it made to Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s history is littered with allegations of scamming working-class people out of money, from Trump University students to the small-business contractors he routinely refused to pay for what he claimed was shoddy work on his casinos. It doesn’t seem unfathomable that he would do the same to people donating to his campaign.