President Donald Trump continued his attack on the Republican National Committee Tuesday, notching up his rhetoric against ‘RINOS and fools’ as he seeks to stop party committees from fundraising off his name.
Trump cast aside the Party’s First Amendment defense that it has the right to invoke the president in its online appeals – and instead urged supporters to donate to his own Save America PAC – with funds he can steer to Trump loyalists and away from those who would oppose him.
‘I fully support the Republican Party and important GOP Committees, but I do not support RINOs and fools, and it is not their right to use my likeness or image to raise funds,’ Trump wrote in a statement late Tuesday.
Trump went on to attack donations to the party as a waste – taking the feud to a new level.
President Donald Trump railed against ‘RINOS and fools’ in a new statement as he battles the Republican Party over the use of his image. Here Trump is escorted by a heavy Secret Service presence as he boards a private Jet to leave New York
‘So much money is being raised and completely wasted by people that do not have the GOP’s best interests in mind. If you donate to our Save America PAC at DonaldJTrump.com, you are helping the America First movement and doing it right. We will WIN, and we will WIN BIG! Our Country is being destroyed by the Democrats!’
His statement through the PAC came as Trump continued to issue official statements endorsing people he considers loyalists – after vowing to primary people who voted to impeach him.
In a statement earlier Tuesday, he complemented Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who like the vast majority other Senate Republicans voted to acquit him of ‘incitement of insurrection.’
‘I very much appreciate and respect the career of Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri,’ Trump wrote, a day after Blunt became the fifth GOP senator to announce his retirement – and the fourth since the Capitol riot.
‘He was one of the first people who came to my defense against the Impeachment Hoax #2 (IH-2), and it was greatly appreciated by me,’ Trump wrote, applying a new tag to the historic second impeachment.
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 09: Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on March 9, 2021 in New York City
‘Congratulations to the entire Blunt family, and to Roy on a wonderful career!’ he added.
Trump said Monday that he won’t support giving money to moderate Republican candidates as he ups civil war with the GOP after demanding three biggest fundraising groups stop using his name to solicit donors.
“No more money for RINOS,” the former president demanded in a Monday evening statement from his Save America political action committee.
RINOS is a negative term given from within the Republican Party to those lawmakers they deem are ‘Republicans in Name Only’ – meaning they either regularly break with GOP ranks or, in some cases, just refers to anti-Trump Republicans.
“They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base—they will never lead us to Greatness,” he continued of so-called RINOS, urging support for his PAC by saying: “Send your donation to Save America PAC at DonaldJTrump.com. We will bring it all back stronger than ever before!”
Trump has been causing a further chasm within the GOP by using his time out of office to throw his support behind certain candidates and lawmakers while bashing others as traitors to the Republican Party.
On Friday, the former president’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to three of the GOP’s biggest fundraising arms demanding they stop using his name and likeness to fundraise.
Donald Trump sent out a statement Monday evening demanding ‘no more money for RINOS’ as he further causes a chasm within the GOP between the moderates and pro-Trump far-righters
The Republican National Committee said Monday it will not comply.
Instead, the group insisted the former president is actually OK with them fundraising off his name.
Chief Counsel for the RNC Justin Riemer asserted in a letter Monday afternoon that the committee “has 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.”
On Friday, Trump’s team sent requests to the RNC, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee – three of the largest GOP fundraising arms – to stop invoking his name in correspondence to donors.
The letter demanded the groups ‘immediately cease and desist the unauthorized use of President Donald J. Trump’s name, image, and/or likeness in all fundraising, persuasion, and/or issue speech.’
In the letter Monday to Trump attorney Alex Cannon, Riemer highlighted the former president’s ‘close relationship’ with RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel when detailing they would not comply.
‘[W]e 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,’ he wrote.
The RNC is holding part of its spring donor retreat at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago private club, a Monday report revealed even after news broke of the cease and desist demand.
Trump will speak at the April retreat in a sign there is no love lost between him and the RNC.
The Republican National Committee says it won’t stop using former President Donald Trump’s name and likeness in fundraising efforts, claiming they are protected by the First Amendment to do so because he is a public figure
A lawyer for the RNC touted Trump’s ‘close relationship’ with Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, saying: ‘[W]e 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’
RNC Chief Counsel for Justin Riemer responded to the cease and desist demand
All three GOP groups have used the former president’s coattails to try and bolster fundraising efforts, including in recent emails asking donors to help ‘defend President Trump’s legacy.’
On Friday, the RNC had sent out two emails asking supporters to donate in order to add their name to a ‘thank you’ card for Trump. The umbrella group supports GOP candidates across the country.
It is now clear yet how the NRCC or NRSC plan to respond to the cease and desist letter.
Some Republicans speculate that the demand was not directly driven by Trump, but instead those in his circle.
The former president, however, has a history of sensitivity toward people making money using his name. Notably, the then-president’s campaign scolded in 2019 David Bossie, a long time informal adviser, amid allegations he used Trump’s name to raise money for an outside group in which he was involved.
Upon revealing details of the cease and desist last week, a Trump advisor said: ‘President Trump remains committed to the Republican Party and electing America First conservatives , but that doesn’t give anyone – friend or foe – permission to use his likeness without explicit approval.’
The legal warning followed reports that Trump, who made a fortune licensing his personal brand, is furious his name is being used to help raise funds in support of Republicans who voted to impeach him last month.
Fears of a GOP civil war were sparked after Trump vowed revenge on the 17 Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach or convict him earlier this year on a charge of inciting insurrection.
Trump called all out by name during keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month.
‘Get rid of them all!’ he rallied the staunchly pro-Trump crowd.
The RNC will pay Trump to use Mar-a-Lago (pictured), the ex-president’s oceanfront resort in Palm Beach, Florida, where he’s been living since January 20
Trump (pictured in New York on Sunday) ordered the top three GOP fundraisers to stop using his name and likeness in donation drives
Rep. Tom Emmer chairs the RNCC, another group target with cease-and-desist letters
Politico reported Friday, the day the cease and desist letter was sent, that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has asked Trump not to go after the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of advancing his second impeachment in January.
The ex-president’s threat will likely lead to a series of MAGA-versus-moderate GOP primaries, and could cost McCarthy the chance to retake the House, which historically is in his grasp.
On Thursday Trump signaled that he’s going to go forward with the so-called GOP civil war, as he issued another statement from Mar-a-Lago blasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump accused McConnell of blowing two elections in Georgia that cost Republicans the Senate majority.
The two incumbent Republican candidates, Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, lost their run-off races on January 5 as Trump was attacking Georgia’s state election officials and sending out a confused message to potential GOP voters on whether their votes would actually count.
Many GOP strategists blamed the losses on Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election.
McConnell had given Trump breathing room to air out his election grievances in the run-up to the run-offs, as he pushed the then-president to campaign for Perdue and Loeffler.
In his statement, Trump slammed McConnell for yielding to his caucus and supporting $600 checks for Americans, rather than the $2,000 Trump backed late in negotiations of the December COVID stimulus bill – and ripped a Senate GOP group for its Georgia effort.
‘Even more stupidly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him. He would have lost badly without this endorsement,’ Trump claimed.
Last month during his CPAC speech, Trump mentioned every Republican lawmaker by name who voted to impeach or convict him
At CPAC, Trump also went after McConnell – and every senator who voted for his conviction.
‘The Democrats don’t have grandstanders like Mitt Romney, Little Ben Sasse, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Toomey. And in the House, Tom Rice, South Carolina, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, that’s another beauty. Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meijer, John Katko, David Valadao and of course, the warmonger, the person that loves seeing our troops fighting, Liz Cheney. How about that?’ Trump said.
The ex-president floated that the only reason why McConnell still had a job was because of the Trump endorsement.
‘My endorsement of Mitch McConnell, at his request … brought him from one point down to 20 points up and he won his race,’ Trump said.
Prior to McCarthy getting involved, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, a top Trump ally, warned of the risks of a civil war in the party, and like McCarthy, flew to Mar-a-Lago to meet with Trump.
‘Mitch McConnell working with Donald Trump did a hell of a job. They are now at each other’s throat. I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own,’ Graham cautioned.