The feud between the Republican party and their former head, Donald Trump, continues to escalate over Trump's primary concern: who's getting donor money.
Trump sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican National Committee last week demanding they stop using his name in fundraising emails.
The RNC responded by saying it would continue to use Trump's name, claiming their right to do so was protected by the first amendment.
Now, Donald Trump has escalated the issue further, sending out a late-night email asking supporters to donate their money directly to him instead of to the RNC.
Former President Donald Trump is actively encouraging his supporters to donate to his PAC and not to the RNC. https://t.co/fsYJKz0ojE— DJ Judd (@DJ Judd)1615256828.0
Wow. And millions are going to fall for this. They won’t even get any of his lousy steaks. Hope the fraud police ar… https://t.co/HpGbzJWKXj— jason alexander (@jason alexander)1615278973.0
LO— and I really can’t emphasize this enough— L. https://t.co/7EGjHhty3f— Scott Tobias (@Scott Tobias)1615258097.0
In his email, Trump attacked "RINOS" (Republicans In Name Only), which he has used as a stand-in for Republicans who do not support him.
The former President's team wrote:
"No more money for RINOS. They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base – they will never lead us to Greatness."
Broke guy breaks party. https://t.co/m1ZMP5sEf0— Karen DaltonBeninato (@Karen DaltonBeninato)1615268630.0
It was always going to end this way. https://t.co/dmS5zSNBPW— The Intellectualist (@The Intellectualist)1615257994.0
This is what happens to you when you invite a vampire into your home. https://t.co/kgUym0AbHH— Ian Millhiser (@Ian Millhiser)1615258622.0
Twitter found the GOP fight over money pretty hilarious.
Republicans should definitely try appeasing him. It's worked perfectly so far! https://t.co/hJe35Q0cuX— Jonathan Bernstein (@Jonathan Bernstein)1615262155.0
This whole suicide pact could not be more explicit. https://t.co/YWDX4vsPwf— Noah Rothman (@Noah Rothman)1615256852.0
“I owe at least half a billion” energy https://t.co/NHRtaBfMPl— jason c. (@jason c.)1615258538.0
Many suspected Trump originally entered the 2016 race to make money and that pattern has continued for years.
The grift is eternal. https://t.co/D6pBgRhnRC— Kokujin, The Blue Marvel ♐ (@Kokujin, The Blue Marvel ♐)1615272078.0
@DJJudd @CinephileChels That's why so many @GOP Senators are retiring, they have no campaign revenue coming in. It… https://t.co/CZuMw9JhXZ— Dad, 🧢 Entrepreneur & Educator (@Dad, 🧢 Entrepreneur & Educator)1615265039.0
@DJJudd Wonder how many in the #MAGA base realize that most of what they donate goes into his pocket? It's not much… https://t.co/7itdiCU8wi— Abe Lincoln 🇺🇸 (@Abe Lincoln 🇺🇸)1615257870.0
The RNC recently announced it would be holding a portion of its April retreat at Mar-a-Lago and paying Trump to appear at the event.
It seems, even out of office, Donald Trump is trying to squeeze every dollar he can out of the GOP.
@DJJudd Yes, GOP, send all your money to Trump, not to Republican down-ballot candidates.— Robert Jon Anderson (@Robert Jon Anderson)1615257331.0
All @GOP supporters should do this immediately. #MAGA2024 https://t.co/NvSasQixpA— Bob Townsend (@Bob Townsend)1615306200.0
A grifter’s gotta grift. #TrumpCrimeFamilyForPrison https://t.co/moRV0ddW4b— Sandy Burrell (@Sandy Burrell)1615291889.0
Donald Trump has always cared more about money than any particular ideology. That doesn't seem to have changed now that he's out of office.