Trump is finally attempting to flex those flabby muscles….well at least politically……
Former President Donald Trump has reportedly told the largest GOP fundraising entities to stop using his name. Per CNN, lawyers for Trump recently sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, demanding that they stop using his name and likeness on fundraising outreach and merch. The news comes a day after Politico reported that Trump was “furious” over the organizations’ use of his name because it could help some of the Republicans who voted to impeach him following January’s attack on the Capitol.The groups have not commented on the letter, but a Trump adviser told Politico that Trump’s commitment to the GOP “doesn’t give anyone – friend or foe – permission to use his likeness without explicit approval.” Meanwhile, Trump’s recent reemergence at CPAC might have hinted at where he’d like donations to go instead. In his first speech since leaving office, the former president encouraged loyalists to give directly to him, saying, “There’s only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect ‘America First’ Republican conservatives and, in turn, to make America great again. And that’s through Save America PAC and donaldjtrump.com.”
The Republican National Committee’s reply to former President Trump? Nope. The RNC responded to the cease-and-desist letter it received from Trump’s attorneys by asserting, in its own reply letter, it has the right to use Trump’s name and likeness in its fundraising appeals, and that it has no plans to stop doing so, Politico reports. Trump’s lawyers sent similar letters to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee, neither of which have yet publicly responded. Trump and the RNC have worked closely together on fundraising in the past, but Trump wants to use the 2022 elections to retaliate against Republicans who he thinks were disloyal to him, and has spoken out against his supporters donating to “RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only), CBS News reports.
Recent RNC fundraising appeals have included lines like “DEFEND President Trump’s America First policies” and “defend President Trump’s legacy.” In its response to the cease-and-desist, the RNC says Trump and RNC chair Ronna McDaniel “enjoy a close relationship, and we understand that President Trump reaffirmed to her over the weekend that he approves of the RNC’s current use of his name in fundraising and other materials, including for our upcoming donor retreat event at Palm Beach at which we look forward to him participating.” Some senior Republicans have speculated the cease-and-desist was not driven by Trump himself but rather those surrounding him. Trump has, however, recently said there’s “only one way” his supporters should be donating money, and that’s by giving directly to him.
This is a small setback for Donald the Orange….but you can bet he is not finished with his attempts to control the party in its entirety……
Trump is attempting to takeover the GOP….(I think it is too late to use the term ‘attempting’)
Donald Trump isn’t happy the Republican Party won’t purge members who haven’t been totally loyal to him. And of late, he’s doing more about it than he did when he’d channel his anger by posting mean tweets.
Days ago, lawyers representing Trump took the extraordinary step of demanding the Republican National Committee (RNC) and other prominent GOP groups cease and desist using Trump’s name and likeness. The RNC denied the request, citing Trump’s status as a public figure, and Trump responded Monday night with a tweet-like statement asking supporters to give to him instead of to the party.
“No money for RINOS,” the statement begins, referring to an acronym for “Republicans in name only,” which for Trump has come to mean anyone who isn’t totally loyal to him.
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