The Republican National Committee responded to a cease-and-desist letter from former President Trump demanding that the RNC and other Republican campaign committees stop using his name and likeness in their fundraising materials.
The RNC told the former president’s attorney that he “has every right to refer to public figures when engaging in central political discourse protected by the First Amendment.” The RNC’s response was first reported by Politico.
RNC attorney Justin Riemer claimed the party would continue to refer to public figures, claiming that, in fact, Trump had “reaffirmed” with RNC President Ronna McDaniel last weekend that he approves the use of your name by the RNC to raise money. The RNC continued to use Trump’s name in its correspondence, including an email on Sunday urging his supporters to “DEFEND the America First policies of President Trump.”
Last week, Politico reported that Trump’s attorneys sent cease and desist letters to the RNC, the Republican National Congress Committee and the Senate Republican National Committee, claiming to use his name on fundraising merchandise and emails. Other “bogus PACs” who also used Trump’s name also received letters.
The cease and desist letter to the RNC asked the committee to “immediately cease and desist from the unauthorized use of the name, image and / or likeness of President Donald J. Trump in all fundraising, persuasion and / or speech.”
The Trump campaign and the RNC’s joint fundraising committee, Trump Victory, raised $ 366 million in 2019 and 2020. In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump encouraged donors to donate to his new PAC, Save America, which will have you competing with other Republican groups for money.
“There is only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect America first to Republican Conservatives and, in turn, make America great again and that is through Save America PAC and DonaldJTrump.com,” Trump said. . He repeated the fundraising speech in a statement Monday night, saying, “No more money for RINOS (Republicans in name only). They do nothing but harm the Republican Party and our large voter base; they will never take us away. to Greatness “.
His move to control the use of his image creates competition with the Republican Party for donations that could result in giving Trump more power to reshape the Republican Party in his image. Although in many cases their interests will be aligned, the former president and the Republicans could collide during the primaries. The RNC does not take a position in the primaries, and the campaign arms of the Senate and the House Republican Party are likely to support the rulers of the Republican Party, although their levels of support may vary.
But Trump has already signaled that he is seeking revenge and seeking people to challenge Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him earlier this year. He has already endorsed Max Miller, a former aide who is running to oust Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.
“Get rid of them all,” Trump said during his CPAC speech, referring to Republicans who backed impeachment.