Lawrence O’Donnell kicked off Tuesday’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell by showing an email he’d received from former President Donald Trump’s fundraising team. On Monday, the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly searching for classified material that the former president took with him when he left office in violation of the Presidential Records Act. O’Donnell showed the email on the screen as he read it aloud.
“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.”
While it may seem inappropriate to fundraise after the FBI executed a lawful search warrant on your property, this sort of thing is not out of the ordinary for the former president. In a statement Trump posted last month announcing the death of his ex-wife Ivana, there was a donation link included at the bottom. This latest fundraising attempt came with a suggested donation 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.”
O'Donnell noted that Trump’s presidency made history in myriad ways. For example, he was the first U.S. 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 that.
“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.”
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