Former President Donald Trump called for the Republican National Committee (RNC) and two GOP campaign organizations to stop using his name and likeness for fundraising, according to a report by Politico on Friday.
Trump’s attorneys reportedly have injunctions not only on the RNC, but also on the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and National Republican Congress Committee (NRCC), which lead the Republican efforts to recapture the Senate and House in mid-2022 granted. respectively.
The efforts of omission come less than a week after Trump’s first major post-presidency speech at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida.
Trump used his keynote address there not only to reaffirm his leadership of the party that has twice named him president, but to launch a potential presidential campaign in 2024 and the ten Republican officials who voted in favor of inciting him accused of calling by name uprising in January.
He also attacked the seven Republican senators who voted to condemn him, telling the crowd, “Get rid of them all,” even though at least two of the seven have already announced that they will not run for re-election.
Trump sums up Mitt Romney, “Little Ben Sasse”, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Pat Tomney and all of the House Republicans who voted for his impeachment, by name – finally with Liz Cheney pic.twitter . com / Me5JvoIslq
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
According to Politico’s Rachael Bade and Tara Palmeri, these Republican defectors are part of the reason Trump decided on Friday to issue injunctions. The twice-indicted former president was reportedly “angry that his name was being spread by organizations helping Republicans who voted to indict him – without his permission.”
Before turning to politics, Trump made a career with his name: he licensed everything from Trump steaks to Trump vodka to Trump ties, not to mention a number of towers in the US and abroad, and earned millions in the process.
In February, NRCC finance chairman Rep. Darin LaHood Politico announced that the GOP’s 2022 campaign arm would stand behind the impeachment despite Trump’s public desire to excommunicate them from the party. And NRCC chairman Rep. Tom Emmer has encouraged Trump to stay away from the GOP primaries.
Trump’s CPAC speech made it clear that he plans to campaign for the primaries – and if enforced, the cease and desist orders Trump’s camp sent out on Friday could well mean a blow to the GOP fundraisers running into the Middle go.
This is in part because the Republican base remains largely loyal to Trump. For example, in a Morning Consult / Politico poll late last month, 79 percent of Republicans say they retain a positive opinion of the former president, and the majority of House and Senate Republicans have partnered with him as well.
In addition, Trump has already proven himself to be a fundraising giant since his election defeat last November. His lead PAC, Save America, raised more than $ 31 million shortly after the election, and Trump is also reportedly considering introducing a new Super PAC to increase his fundraising power.
Trump is also doing his best to channel money from Republican donors through his own donation channels, rather than through groups like the NRSC.
“There is only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect America’s first Republican Conservatives and make America great again and that is through Save America PAC and donaldjtrump.com,” he told CPAC supporters last weekend .
Should Republican donors heed the former president’s call, Trump will likely be able to influence the upcoming election by not just using his popularity to make endorsements, but by using his PACs to promote the efforts of the RNC, NRSC and to compete with NRCC.
As of Saturday, however, the RNC does not appear to have been deterred. According to Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, the committee sent out a donation email referring to Trump’s agenda even after the injunctions had expired.
As reported by @playbookdc, Trump has sent cease and desist letters to the RNC, NRCC and NRSC urging them not to use Trump’s name or likeness in $ appeals
But the RNC seems to ignore it. They sent an email today asking supporters for $ to “DEFEND” Trump’s policies
– Alex Isenstadt (@politicoalex), March 6, 2021
Trump’s exact plans are not clear, but he ensures that the GOP remains his party
All the money he’s putting aside, Trump’s future political plans are a bit unclear. He’s repeatedly teased a run of 2024, and it’s not hard to see him win the nomination again if his current support with the GOP base continues.
But Trump also faces a number of unique post-president challenges that could complicate this plan – namely, a slew of potential legal issues.
At the very least, he’s facing ongoing criminal investigations by prosecutors in Manhattan and Fulton County, Georgia, and New York attorney general Letitia James is also leading a civil investigation into potential fraud by the Trump Organization.
There is also a defamation lawsuit from writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexual assault in 2019, and two lawsuits from members of Congress over Trump’s actions in connection with the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump insurgents .
Additionally, Trump faces potentially precarious financial circumstances in the near future, as a tax refund decision of more than $ 100 million is imminent and his business gets into trouble.
In short, by 2024 he could be a little busy with other things – and that even assumes he wants to run, as he hates the actual job as president and has made it clear to Twitter that he won’t have his account back to order to help him even if he runs again.
For now, however, Trump’s prospective 2024 candidacy has largely frozen the rest of the field of Republican hopefuls for 2024, allowing him to consolidate his party leadership, Bloomberg stated last month.
And regardless of what he decides about 2024, Trump’s plans for 2022 are clearer. In February, he issued his first GOP endorsement against a Republican campaigning for impeachment – Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez – and plans to crack down on other opponents within the party, such as Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was the only female senator to vote for the condemnation for re-election in 2022.
“I don’t know where other people will be next year,” Trump said in a statement on Saturday, “but I know where I’ll be – in Alaska, where I’m fighting a disloyal and very bad senator.”