Former President Trump came down hard on the leadership of the Republican Party on Monday after the GOP refused to stop using his name and likeness on fundraising efforts.
Trump hit them where it hurts by sending a statement directly to his followers. He called on them to stop giving money to the Republican Party and instead funnel that money to his efforts.
“No more money for RINOS,” Trump said in a statement, referring to “Republicans in name only.”
The Hill’s panel discussed the issue.
Trump’s statement went on:
“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 at DonaldJTrump.com,” he instructed.
“We will bring it all back stronger than ever before!” Trump concluded.
The orders came down after a lawyer for the Republican National Committee responded Monday to a cease-and-desist letter from a Trump attorney about the fundraising campaign.
Justin Reimer replied that the RNC had “every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech, and it will continue to do so in pursuit of these common goals.”
Trump’s lawyers made similar demands to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
RNC chair Ronna McDaniel stated earlier Monday that Trump had personally approved the use of his name for fund-raising.
Of course, Trump’s critics jumped all over the news and accused him of swindling money out of his followers.
“Trump has finally built the Death Star of swindling. #ANewGrift,” said MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.
The Hill notes,
Last week, Trump blasted The Wall Street Journal for its editorial calling for Republicans to move on from the former president. The newspaper’s editorial highlighted the Republican Party’s electoral losses under Trump, including the House in 2018 and the Senate this year.
“They fight for RINOS that have so badly hurt the Republican Party,” he said in a statement. “That’s where they are and that’s where they will always be. Fortunately, nobody cares much about The Wall Street Journal editorial anymore. They have lost great credibility.”