There’s somewhat of a saga brewing between former President Donald Trump and three of the most high-profile Republican fundraising machines in the country.
The former president released a statement on Monday clarifying for his supporters where he thinks they should donate their money, should they choose to do so, according to the Washington Examiner. However, I’ll get to that in a moment.
It started when last week, an email sent from the Republican National Committee very generously included Trump’s name and brand image in a fundraising email for 2022. Normally, if Trump were president, that’s all fine and good.
But since that’s no longer the case, the waters are a bit muddied. A day after that email went out, Trump’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, ordering them to stop using his name and likeness to raise money.
It wasn’t a nasty move or anything out of spite, it was just business. But on Tuesday, it was made clear why he doesn’t want those organizations raising money off of his name, because they’re still essentially required to raise money and back all Republicans in the party — even those who have betrayed the president, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Liz Cheney and a number of “RINOs” who Trump has vowed to take down in next year’s primary season.
Having said that, any reasonable person can deduce why it would look silly if the RNC used Trump’s name to raise millions of dollars, only to turn it over to McConnell or Cheney.
Shortly after the cease-and-desists were sent out, the organizations basically said they didn’t care, signaling that they would continue to use his image and name to raise money, which clearly ticked Trump off.
That brings us back to the latest story, on Monday, Trump released a statement giving his tens of millions of supporters clear instructions on where to send their money, should they choose to do so, and why.
“No more money for RINOS. They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base — they will never lead us to Greatness,” Trump said in an email on Monday, directing donors to his Save America PAC. “We will bring it all back stronger than ever before.”
The statement was official, and short. It can be seen in the below tweet:
INBOX: Trump releases statement saying: “No more money for RINOS. They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base—they will never lead us to Greatness. Send your donation to Save America PAC…” and more. pic.twitter.com/6E7xRPcTSy
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) March 9, 2021
Again, it makes sense that Trump would distance his image and brand from a party still supporting anti-Trump Republicans. Sure, some will cry about it, but most understand why Trump is doing what he’s doing here. Quite frankly, it’s the smart move for the party.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org