Trump Is Now Offering Cash To GOP Senators Who Defend Him On Impeachment: Report
President Donald Trump is reportedly rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment with cold cash— and sending a message to those who don’t get on board, Politico reported Thursday.
According to the report, Trump is exerting leverage over a group he badly needs in his corner with an impeachment trial likely coming soon to the Senate by tapping his vast fundraising network for a handful of loyal senators facing tough reelection bids in 2020. Each of them has signed onto a Republican-backed resolution condemning the inquiry as “undemocratic.”
The only GOP Senators not getting cash from Trump donors are also the ones who refused to support the resolution and avoided taking a stance on impeachment — Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Mitt Romney (R-Utah) And Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
As noted by Politico, “Republican senators on the ballot next year are lagging in fundraising, stoking uncertainty about the GOP’s hold on the chamber, and could use the fundraising might of the president. Trump’s political operation has raked in over $300 million this year.”
On Wednesday, the Trump reelection campaign requested donations for Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, and North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis. Each of the senators are supporting the anti-impeachment resolution despite being endangered in 2020.
“If we don’t post strong fundraising numbers,” the message warned, “we won’t be able to defend the President from this baseless Impeachment WITCH HUNT.”
The move comes as Trump presses Republicans to remain united behind him. During a cabinet meeting last week, the president implored Republicans to “get tougher and fight” while lamenting that Democrats “stick together. You never see them break off.”