BREAKING NEWS: Trump orders GOP’s three biggest fundraisers to STOP using his name on emails, branding and merchandise in fury over Republicans who voted to impeach him
Donald Trump has sent legal warnings to the three biggest fundraising entities for the Republican Party, ordering them to stop using his name and likeness on emails and merchandise, according to a new report.
Trump’s lawyers sent the cease-and-desist letters on Friday to the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, and National Republican Senate Committee, a Trump advisor told Politico.
‘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 advisor said.
It follows reports that Trump is furious his name is being used to help raise funds in support of Republicans who voted to impeach him last month.
Donald Trump, seen Friday in West Palm Beach, has ordered the top three GOP fundraisers to stop using his name and likeness in donation drives
On Friday, the RNC had sent out two emails asking supporters to donate as a way to add their name to a ‘thank you’ card for Trump. The umbrella group supports GOP candidates across the country.
Trump has spurred fears of a GOP civil war after vowing revenge on the 17 Congressional Republicans who voted to impeach or convict him on a charge of inciting insurrection.
Trump called them all out by name during his Sunday appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, telling the audience, ‘Get rid of them all!’
Politico Playbook reported Friday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has specifically asked Trump not to go after the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of 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.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been pleading with Trump, asking him not to go after the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of his impeachment
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, Sens. 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.