On Friday, former President Donald Trump‘s lawyers sent legal warnings to the three of the largest GOP fundraising entities. The cease-and-desist letters ordered them to stop using his name and likeness on e-mails, in fundraising appeals and merchandise.
According to a new report, Trump‘s lawyers sent the cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, and National Republican Senate Committee, a Trump advisor reportedly told Politico.
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On Friday, the RNC sent two emails asking supporters to donate as a way to add their name to a ‘thank you’ card for Trump. “President Trump will ALWAYS stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!” the e-mail read.
“As one of President Trump’s MOST LOYAL supporters, I think that YOU, deserve the great honor of adding your name to the Official Trump ‘Thank You’ Card.” Another email sent hours later, mentioned a deadline of 10 hours to get their names on the card.
“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.
Since Trump‘s exit from office in January, the three aforementioned groups referenced him time and again to seek donations. However, it was revealed that Trump was not all that happy with his name being used without his permission by groups that had helped Republicans who voted to impeach him.
The cease-and-desist comes merely days after Trump‘s speech at the CPAC, where he called for unity within the GOP while also attacking several top members of the Republican Party such as Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, and other lawmakers who voted in favor of his impeachment and to convict him.
“Get rid of them all,” Trump said during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “The RINOs that we are surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party and the American worker,” Trump said at the time. ‘RINOs’ means ‘Republicans in name only’.
According to the latest reports from Friday, however, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy specifically asked Trump not to go after the 10 House Republicans who voted for his second impeachment in January 2021.
“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,” Trump said during his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. “So, go out there and do whatever you can, because we’re going to help a lot of great people, we know the right people to help. We need your help to win, and to fight big tech and the radical left and the DC establishment,” he had said.