On The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday, the MSNBC host kicked off the show by sharing an email he’d received from former President Donald Trump’s fundraising team. This email was asking for donations in response to the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home being raided by the FBI Monday, executing a lawful search warrant, reportedly looking for classified material Trump took when he left the White House, which is against the law. O’Donnell read the email aloud as it appeared on the screen.
“Mar-a-Lago was raided,” the email began. “The radical Left is corrupt. We must return the power to the people. Please rush in a donation immediately to publicly stand with me against this never-ending witch hunt.”
This is nothing out of the ordinary for Trump. Just a few weeks ago, he posted online announcing the death of his ex-wife, Ivana. The statement included a donation link at the bottom.
O’Donnell continued, stating that the email came with a donation suggestion and a deadline.
“He thinks I’m good for $45. That’s what his email list managers tell him,” O’Donnell said. “And there's a deadline. Deadline for my contribution of $45 is immediately. Immediately. I gotta drop everything and contribute.”
Trump made history throughout his presidency, be it his trip to North Korea, his two impeachments, and his being the first former president to have his home raided by the FBI.
“Once again, Donald Trump makes American political history, presidential history, with that email,” O’Donnell said. “An email about, ‘My house got raided by the FBI, so please give me a political contribution.’ No one’s ever done that before. That is pure Donald Trump.”
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: On my email-- I just got an email from Donald Trump. It's from Donald J. Trump. It says it is from the official email account of Donald Trump.
KYLIE MAR: On The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell Tuesday, O'Donnell showed off an email he received from former President Trump's team, fundraising off of the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago home a day earlier.
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Take a look at this email. We can put it up on the screen for you. We just got it. Says, Mar-a-Lago was raided, the radical left is corrupt, we must return the power to the people, please rush in a donation immediately to publicly stand with me against this never-ending witch hunt.
KYLIE MAR: While it may seem inappropriate to fundraise after the FBI executed a lawful search warrant on your property, reportedly searching for classified material, this sort of thing is not out of the ordinary for Trump. In a statement he posted last month announcing his ex-wife, Ivana's, death the Trump team included a donation link at the bottom. This latest fundraising attempt came with a suggested donation and a deadline.
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: He thinks I'm good for $45. That's what his email list managers tell him. And there's a deadline-- deadline for my contribution to $45 is immediately, immediately!
KYLIE MAR: Trump's presidency made history, as he was the first US President to visit North Korea. He was the first to be impeached twice, the first former President to have his home raided by the FBI, and as O'Donnell pointed out, the first to raise money off of it.
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Once again Donald Trump makes American political history, presidential history with that email, an email about my house got raided by the FBI so please give me a political contribution. No one's ever done that before. That is pure Donald Trump.