The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has formally requested that the Trump campaign stop using the former president’s name and image in fundraising efforts.
President Trump is NOT happy about it.
Trump lashed out in a tweet that also included a post that made note of the fact that the Reagan Foundation chairman, Frederick Ryan Jr., is also publisher and CEO of The Washington Post.
He also blasted Fox News about their recent polls which show Joe Biden leading him.
Trump posted, “So the Washington Post is running the Reagan Foundation, and RINO Paul Ryan is on the Board of Fox, which has been terrible. We will win anyway, even with the phony @FoxNews suppression polls (which have been seriously wrong for 5 years)!”
Prior to Trump’s tweet, The Washington Post reported that the Reagan foundation had made the specific request to the Trump campaign and to the Republican National Committee (RNC) to discontinue using Reagan’s name and image.
This request comes after the Trump campaign recently sent a fundraising email soliciting donations of $45 or more in exchange for a set of “limited edition” gold-colored coins featuring the pictures of Trump and Reagan.
Melissa Giller is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Reagan Foundation and said that foundation owned the rights to Reagan’s image and that the RNC was using it “without our consent.”
The RNC’s communications director, Michael Ahrens, said that the foundation “just recently hosted the Trump family to raise money for its organization and has not objected to us using President Reagan’s likeness before.”
He agreed, however, that the RNC will stop “emailing this fundraising solicitation as a courtesy.”
As for the Fox News portion of the Trump tweet- this is nothing new these days. He’s been ticked at them since their recent Fox News polls have shown him trailing Biden in the presidential race.
Just last week, polls from the President’s once-favorite news outlet showed Trump behind Biden by 9 points and 11 points in Michigan and Pennsylvania, respectively. He won those states in 2016.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” recently, Trump called the Fox News polls “fake.”