Trump legal professionals inform GOP to cease utilizing his identify and likeness for fundraising
United States President Donald Trump speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention after his delegates confirmed him as a candidate for re-election of the 2020 Republican President for re-election in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, on August 24, 2020.
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Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys on Friday sent cease and desist letters to three of the largest GOP donation groups, a Trump adviser told NBC News.
Trump’s attorneys urged the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congress Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee to stop using the ex-president’s name and likeness in appeals and merchandise.
Since Trump stepped down in January, the three donation groups have repeatedly emailed him referring to donations. However, Trump was reportedly upset that his name was used without his consent by groups that had helped Republicans who had accused him.
The cease and desist statements come just days after Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference. In his speech, he called for unity while attacking a number of top Republicans including Rep. Liz Cheney from Wyoming and Senator Mitt Romney from Utah, as well as other lawmakers who voted for his impeachment and condemned him.
“Get rid of them all,” Trump said during his speech. “The RINOs we are surrounded with are going to destroy the Republican Party and the American worker,” Trump said at the time, using an acronym for “Republicans in their name only”.
Politico reported the news first.