WASHINGTON – You know how much President Trump likes to tweet, right?
Did you ever wonder how much money those tweets could raise for charity – or maybe even a political campaign?
Well, a company called FormSwift, that specializes in helping businesses and organizations go paperless, along with online business and legal documents and PDF editing for individuals and companies, did.
What they found through calculations based on one Twitter message Trump sent in which he called for donations to J.C. Watts GoFundMe campaign for Hurricane Harvey victims suggests the answer is many millions.
The GoFundMe campaign that benefited from the Trump tweet raised some $500,000 in just 24 hours.
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Extrapolating from that sum, the study found that with the 16 other tweets Trump sent in recent months on natural disasters, had the president tried, he could have raised a total of $16.6 million for relief charities.
The study further found that the best opportunity was an Oct. 3 tweet about Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. If Trump had directed relief efforts for that one, it says, it would have raised $1.7 million in a day.
Based on the reach of the tweets, here are some other numbers posted by the company:
- Hurricane Harvey: August 17, $1.5 million: “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!”
- Hurricane Harvey: August 18, $849,586: “Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!”
- Hurricane Harvey, September 1, $973,790: “Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!”
- Hurricane Irma, September 3, $1 million: “The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.”
- Hurricane Irma, September 2, $962,713: “Together, we will prevail in the GREAT state of Texas. We love you! GOD BLESS TEXAS & GOD BLESS THE USA.”
- Hurricane Irma, Sept. 5, $751,371: “I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.”
- Hurricane Irma, Sept. 17, $830,679: “May God Forever Bless the United States of America. #NeverForget911”
- Hurricane Irma, Sept. 17 $990,291: “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”
- Hurricane Maria, Sept. 16, $1.4 million: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
- Hurricane Maria, Sept. 25, $1.3 million: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”
- Hurricane Maria, Oct. 3, $984,594: “I am so proud of our great Country. God bless America!”
- Hurricane Maria, Oct. 3, $1.7 million: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!”
- California Wildfires, Oct. 8, $784,783: “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag. ‘Stand for Anthem or sit for game!'”
- California Wildfires, Oct. 19, $924,625: “Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!”
- California Wildfires, Oct. 25, $791,479: “The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!”
- California Wildfires, Oct, 30, $803,895: “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????”
“FormSwift prides itself on helping businesses be more productive during the workday, so we wanted to determine how productive Trump could be during his workday by adding a call to action to his tweets,” explained Vik Tantry, FormSwift chief executive officer.
“Trump has a huge following base on Twitter, even after inauthentic followers are weeded out. Twitter is a platform from which Trump has the opportunity to make a difference for the victims of natural disasters quickly, as we determined through this study.”