The Trump team has proven once again that they are absolutely shameless.
In preparation for tonight’s joint congressional address, Trump’s staffers sent out an email begging those on his email list to give him money for his 2020 presidential campaign. Never mind the fact that he is not even two months into his first term as president.
The message reminds recipients that, tonight, Trump will be delivering his first speech to the members of Congress. He promises that his speech will be “a message of optimism, hope, and love for the greatest country in history.” He also plans to “lay out our agenda for a stronger, freer, and more prosperous America.”
After buttering up readers with a description of his speech, Trump then gets to the real point of the email:
‘Tonight also happens to be our FEC deadline for February.’
Recipients are then asked to “make a generous campaign contribution…before 8:30 PM EST.”
The full email can be seen in the tweet below, which was posted on Tuesday morning by The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein.
The president of the United States using his first address to a joint session of Congress to fundraise for his 2020 campaign pic.twitter.com/cpP1PZXAL9
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 28, 2017
This is neither the first nor the most obvious time that the Trump team has made efforts to prepare for their 2020 campaign. Trump actually filed for reelection on Inauguration Day, and he held his first campaign rally just 29 days into his presidency, on February 15 in Melbourne, Florida.
In response to Trump jumping the gun on the 2020 presidential election, some people, as the tweets below show, have joked that the Senate should not confirm his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
I'm not comfortable confirming a SCOTUS justice in a campaign season. I think we owe it to the people to let next prez choose.
— Miranda Yaver (@mirandayaver) February 28, 2017
@SenateMajLdr Should we be selecting a Supreme Court justice in the middle of a Presidential campaign?
— William Strong 🌊 (@SquashGolfer) February 28, 2017
The joke is an obvious reference to the obstruction President Obama faced in the last year of his presidency when Republican members of the Senate flat-out refused to confirm Merrick Garland, Obama’s pick to replace Antonin Scalia.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with the support of other Senate Republicans, fought tooth and nail to ensure that Garland would not be confirmed, arguing that Obama should not choose a nominee in the middle of an election year.
‘We’re right in the middle of a presidential election year. The president we’re in the process of selecting will make this choice. And it will either turn the court in the right direction or the wrong direction, depending upon the outcome of this November’s election.’
For some reason, it seems hard to believe that McConnell will enforce the same rule with President Trump.
Featured image via Alex Wong/Getty Images.