Trump Warns Republicans Not To Use His Name Or Image Without Permission
Donald Trump touts himself as a successful real estate developer, but the truth is that over the past several years most of his income has been generated from the licensing of his name. Hotels, resorts and office buildings around the world bear his name even though he has zero percent ownership in them.
The twice-impeached former guy so treasures his name and likeness that he has sent out cease-and-desist letters to the three largest fundraising entities for the Republican Party – the RNC, NRCC and NRSC – telling them they cannot use his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise.
Trump reportedly was furious that his name has been used without his permission by organizations that help Republicans who voted to impeach him. The Republican National Committee sent out two emails on Friday asking supporters to donate as a way to add their name to a “thank you” card for Trump. “President Trump will ALWAYS stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!” the email states. “As one of President Trump’s MOST LOYAL supporters, I think that YOU, deserve the great honor of adding your name to the Official Trump ‘Thank You’ Card.” A follow-up email was sent hours later to “President Trump’s TOP supporters” warning of a deadline of 10 hours to get their names on the card.
A Trump adviser told Politico, “President Trump remains committed to the Republican Party and electing America First conservatives, but that doesn’t give anyone – friend or foe – permission to use his likeness without explicit approval.”