Four years ago, Donald Trump made a historic announcement: he would launch a campaign for president to put our country back on the right track and Make America Great Again. He called for “a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, can take care of our vets.” He won the 2016 election as a “jobs president,” driven by an ambitious agenda for our country, and immediately got to work.
A few short years later, President Trump’s long list of promises made, promises kept has energized Americans in every part of the country to fight for his 2020 re-election. He delivered once-in-a-generation tax cuts, increasing take-home pay for 90 percent of workers. He cut regulations at a rapid pace, helping the economy grow by over 3 percent last calendar year for the first time in 13 years, reach 3.2 percent growth in the first quarter of this year, and cutting unemployment to 3.6 percent, the lowest since 1969.
He revived the manufacturing industry, encouraging companies like Ford to invest millions in new factories and jobs across the country. He negotiated the USMCA trade deal, which will raise wages and create billions in U.S. investment once ratified. He secured the largest pay raise in a decade for our troops and expanded veterans’ access to educational and health benefits. Now, he is fighting to secure our southern border and stop drugs and crime from harming American communities.
This is just some of what we fight for as we head toward victory in 2020, equipped with our Party’s most expansive ground game in history. This week, the RNC is honoring the President’s re-election campaign launch by hosting our National Week of Training to kick off this cycle’s Trump Victory Leadership Initiative (TVLI) program — a six-week, intensive training that helps our party’s top-tier activists become effective field organizers.
During this National Week of Training, our teams will hold over 250 trainings in all 50 states and territories to identify and recruit over 4,400 new volunteers for the program and familiarize them with digital organizing, petitioning, and voter registration. These activists will also host more than 700 house meetings, or “MAGA Meet-ups,” to watch President Trump’s kickoff rally and engage with members of their communities.
We plan to activate well over 16,000 activists this week, including re-engaging thousands of fellows from previous cycles. Our grassroots army has grown at an unprecedented pace over the past several years: In 2016, we trained 6,000 activists and had 700,000 volunteers on the ground making 50 million voter contacts. We are set to have 1.6 million volunteers by 2020, and already have over 30,000 trained fellows going into the cycle.
That’s right — over 30,000 passionate, effective leaders across the country are driving President Trump’s message and connecting with voters every day. Meanwhile, we continue to break fundraising records, with $61.8 million so far this cycle fueling our investments in state-of-the-art data and voter score technology, online prospecting, and field work.
Compare that to the Democrats’ fledgling political operation, and you’ll see why the Republican Party is positioned for victory. The DNC has raised $27.5 million this cycle, less than half our amount, and made a $4 million investment this cycle to train 1,000 volunteers — a number we easily surpass in one week. Democrats simply don’t have the energy or the message to win with voters in 2020. Republicans do.
We will continue to celebrate President Trump’s fulfilled promises for America, as we build upon our field presence and activate supporters in every community. We will continue to connect with voters and look toward the victories that lie ahead for our country, together. And in 2020, we will join millions of Americans to get out the vote and re-elect President Donald Trump.