Former President Donald Trump asked supporters in an email Monday to donate directly to a PAC and not to 'Republicans in name only,' also known as RINOs. The news comes after the Republican National Committee declined Trump’s demand to refrain from using his name and likeness in fundraising appeals.
Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel stated earlier Monday that Trump had previously approved the use of his name and likeness for fundraising campaigns. According to Politico,the RNC said it "has every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech."
The email from Trump’s PAC read, "There's only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect America first Republican conservatives and in turn, make America great again and that's through Save America PAC and DonaldJTrump.com."
The email continued, "No more money for RINOS. They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base - they will never lead us to Greatness. Send your donation to Save America PAC at DonaldJTrump.com. We will bring it all back stronger than ever before!"
Trump's Save America PAC has reportedly raised over $31 million. Trump said during a recent address at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention that he would not be starting his own party and that any reports of that were "fake news." The former President also recently said he would support Republican challengers to any GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach him.
The email added that RINOs "…do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base — they will never lead us to Greatness." The email concluded by promising, "We will bring it all back stronger than ever before!"