Trump’s lawyers are asking three Republican groups to stop using his name and image in fundraising emails and on merchandise.
Former US President Donald Trump has called on three Republican organizations to stop using his name and image to raise funds, a Trump adviser told Reuters news agency on Saturday, confirming an earlier report from US media Politico.
The adviser said Trump’s lawyers sent cease and desist letters to the Republican National Committee, the Republican National Campaign in Congress and the National Republican Campaign in the Senate on Friday.
The letters demanded that groups stop using Trump’s name and likeness in fundraising emails and on merchandise, the news agency said.
Politico, also citing an unidentified Trump adviser, said the former president was angry that organizations backed Republicans who voted to impeach him because of the deadly insurgency at the United States Capitol on January 6.
“President Trump remains committed to the Republican Party and the election of America’s Conservatives first, but that does not give anyone – friend or foe – permission to use his likeness without explicit approval,” the adviser said. at Politico.
The Republican Party was deeply divided in the aftermath of the Capitol Riot, which saw Trump supporters invade the seat of the U.S. legislature and kill five.
Representatives room dismissed Trump for “inciting insurgency” in connection with the riot, citing an inflammatory speech the former president gave at a rally before the riot and his false claims that the US election was stolen from him. It was later acquitted in the Senate.
Trump has disagreed with senior Republican lawmakers, however, including Rep. Liz Cheney, who voted in favor of impeachment, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who mentionned Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the riot.
In recent weeks, he has also threatened to back the Republicans’ main challengers who had criticized him.
“Mitch is an austere, sullen, smileless political hack, and if Republican senators want to stick with him, they won’t win anymore,” Trump mentionned last month, in reference to McConnell.
But last weekend, amid ongoing Republican fighting, the ex-president said he had no plans to form a new party and would instead work to unite the GOP.
“We will be united and strong like never before. We will save and strengthen America ”, he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), his first public address since leaving the White House in January.