The Washington Post reports:
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, which runs the 40th president’s library near Los Angeles, has demanded that President Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) quit raising campaign money by using Ronald Reagan’s name and likeness.
“It was simply handled with a phone call mid-last week to the RNC, and they agreed to stop,” Reagan Foundation chief marketing officer Melissa Giller said in an email Saturday.
What came to the foundation’s attention — and compelled officials there to complain — was a fundraising email that went out July 19 with “Donald J. Trump” identified as the sender and a subject line that read: “Ronald Reagan and Yours Truly.”
The request came after the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint federal fundraising committee from the Trump campaign and the RNC, sent an email to supporters promising two commemorative coins—one with Reagan’s face and another with Trump’s—to people who donated $45 or more.
In a statement to Forbes, RNC Communications Director Michael Ahrens said the request came as a surprise because the foundation “has not objected to us using President Reagan’s likeness before,” but said they “will stop emailing this fundraising solicitation as a courtesy.”
Business Insider reports:
It’s not the first time Trump has sought political benefit from using Reagan’s image, with the president sharing a photograph of himself and Reagan taken in 1987 and a fabricated quote from Reagan praising him in a tweet last July. But members of the Reagan family have been scathing in their criticism of Trump.
Ronald Reagan’s son, Ron Reagan, remarked in a January 2018 interview with the Daily Beast that his father would never have supported him, and describing him as “a traitorous president who is betraying his country.”
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 25, 2020
Reagan Foundation Demands Trump and RNC Stop Using Reagan In Their Fundraising Efforts https://t.co/choJkuGRhG
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) July 26, 2020