Trump's fans sent him $1.5 million in 3 days after he falsely predicted that he'd be arrested Tuesday

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  • Donald Trump wasn't arrested Tuesday, but he got a big fundraising boost after claiming he would be.

  • He raised $1.5 million in the three days after saying he'd be arrested, per multiple reports.

  • That's nearly double the daily average he got in the weeks before and after launching his 2024 bid.

Former President Donald Trump raised $1.5 million in the three days after he claimed on Truth Social that he'd be arrested Tuesday, per multiple media outlets.

Trump's 2024 campaign confirmed the sum to Fox News, the outlet reported Wednesday. The money was said to be raised from grassroots donations.

The Washington Post, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter, reported the same amount raised in that time frame.

The resulting average of $500,000 a day is almost double the daily average from the weeks before and after he announced his bid for the White House in November.

The Trump campaign brought in $11.8 million in the six weeks before the announcement, averaging out at $280,000 a day. And in the six weeks after Trump announced his run, his campaign raised $9.5 million, or $226,000 a day.

The former president's funding boost came after he wrote on Truth Social on Saturday that he would be arrested Tuesday over the hush-money investigation by the Manhattan district attorney's office. It's unclear what basis he had for the claim — his lead defense attorney told Insider on Saturday that the defense team hadn't heard an arrest date from the Manhattan DA — but Tuesday came and went with no arrest.

Trump urged supporters to "PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK" in his Truth Social post, which came amid rising indicators that he might soon be indicted by a New York grand jury over the Stormy Daniels hush-money case.

As the anticipation of an indictment grew, Trump's campaign capitalized by highlighting it in almost every fundraising message. The daily messages seen by Insider tell recipients that the "justice system has utterly COLLAPSED" and that they can be a "FOUNDING DEFENDER" by giving money to the former president.

One such email asked supporters to sign a petition opposing a Trump arrest and afterward requested donations to his campaign.

The former president's fundraising efforts appeared on Truth Social as well.

"If you are doing poorly, as so many of you are, do not send anything. If you are doing well, which was made possible through the great policies of the Trump Administration, send your contribution," he wrote Monday. He reposted the same message Wednesday, making no mention of his own false arrest prediction.

Trump has raised millions while casting himself as a victim of political persecution. In the weeks after he lost the 2020 election, he raised a reported $170 million off lies that the White House was stolen from him.

He also told voters that their money would go to an "Official Election Defense Fund" for investigating the election, but the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot confirmed in June that no such fund ever existed. Most of the money instead went to Trump's PAC, per the Post.

Representatives for Trump didn't immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours.

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