Hillary Clinton stole a play straight from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's playbook last week: "Never let a serious crisis go to waste."
So that's exactly what Clinton did. Instead of simply firing off a tweet about the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" illegal immigration policy, Clinton used her political advocacy organization — Onward Together, which works to elect Democrats — to fundraise for progressive activist organizations.
And it took just days for the email campaign to haul in more than $1 million.
What are the details?
On Thursday, Clinton informed supporters of the massive haul in an email, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The money, Clinton explained, would be split among a dozen left-wing advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
"Since I reached out to ask this community to step up and support the groups working to protect and reunite families that have been separated at the border, you've raised more than $1 million that will be split between the teams at the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense, La Union del Pueblo Entero, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, United We Dream Action, We Belong Together, and the Women's Refugee Commission," Clinton said in the email, according to the Free Beacon.
The twice failed presidential candidate also encouraged supporters to join rallies across the country to protest the president.
How did Clinton capitalize on the crisis?
In an email on Monday, Clinton appealed to supporters' emotions in order to fundraise. She wrote:
What’s happening to families at the border right now is horrific: Nursing infants ripped away from their mothers. Parents told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play, only to realize hours later that they aren’t coming back. Children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to more than one account, kept in cages. This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.
Even as I warned this could happen on the campaign trail — that Trump’s immigration policies would result in families being separated, parents being sent away from their children, people rounded up on trains and buses — I hoped it would never come to be. But now, as we watch with broken hearts, that’s exactly what’s happening.
We can be heartbroken, but we shouldn’t be hopeless. There’s something you can do to help.