RNC Goes After Trump

(PoliticalLookout.com)- Apparently, former President Donald Trump’s own party is not going to give into his requests.

On Monday, leaders of the Republican National Committee said they wouldn’t cave to the cease-and-desist demands from attorneys for Trump. The attorneys were asking the GOP to stop using his name and likeness in their fundraising appeals.

Justin Riemer, the chief counsel for the RNC, sent a letter on Monday to Alex Cannon, one of Trump’s attorneys, saying 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.”

It was a swift and somewhat surprising response to the former president’s March 5 request. Trump’s team demanded the RNC “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 addition to the RNC, that letter was sent to various other GOP committees, including the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Officials representing those two committees either declined to comment or didn’t respond to requests for comment, according to a Politico report.

Not long ago, Trump and the RNC were working together as a great team. In a joint fundraising effort during the 2020 presidential campaign, the two brought in more than $366 million. This was done after the two sides decided to merge their digital and political operations into one single operation.

Following the presidential election, though, Trump broke free of the RNC and sought to have greater control over how his name was used in fundraising efforts. This was all in an effort to challenge Republicans who either haven’t supported him or he doesn’t like — specifically those up for re-election in the 2022 midterms.

He created Save America, a leadership political action committee, following his departure from the White House. And at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump said the “only … way” to financially support Republicans who are aligned with him is through that PAC.

In only a few months since the PAC was formed, it has raised millions of dollars. The former president is aiming to use that money to support candidates that are aligned with his interests, and also to run campaigns against those who have diverted from his agenda.

Corey Leandowski, a long-time adviser to Trump, is heading up the PAC. He’s also joined by Brad Parscale, who once served as Trump’s campaign manager.

Despite this break from their ranks, the RNC has continued to use Trump’s name and image in their appeals for fundraising dollars — even after receiving the cease-and-desist order. One such campaign asked people to donate to “defend President Trump’s legacy.”

In his letter back to Trump attorneys, Reimer wrote that the former president and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel “enjoy a close relationship, and we 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.”