I suppose Trump was always ripping off the party in some way, but this is different.
Trump is ostensibly raising money for the two runoff elections in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate for the next two years, but not all of the money will actually be used for those elections.
Like the vast amount of money (over $150 million) that Trump raised after the presidential election, most of what he's raising now will be deposited into his own pocket. Most of the funds are being directed to his personal leadership PAC.
“I need YOU to secure a WIN in Georgia,” one fundraising text message attributed to President Trump said. “Help us WIN both Senate races in Georgia & STOP Socialist Dems,” read another.
While the messages themselves appear to focus on the runoff races in Georgia likely to determine which party holds Senate majority, donors who don’t read the fine print, may think their dollars are going directly to imperiled GOP senators in Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, when in fact their money is going to Trump.
According to Politico, most of the donations netted through the messages are going toward Trump’s newly launched PAC, which he plans to use to fund his future political endeavors.
As you may know, Trump's new political action committee or PAC is a so-called "leadership PAC" which means he can use this money for his own personal expenses. He can buy a glass of water for $3 at the Mar-a-Lago using this money if he wants to. He can gas up his helicopter. He can direct his leadership PAC to reimburse the Trump Organization for virtually anything.
I cackled like a maniac when I read this. I mean it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of assholes. And I imagine it must be exhausting to be a modern Republican. You're either hustling for your next grift, or getting hustled and grifted by someone who is suppose to be your friend.
Maybe that's why Republicans believe such crazy things about liberals. They believe it because they do it each other. They do horrible things and assume that everyone else does it, too.
In any case, I don't expect the GOP will blame Trump if they lose even if they would be right to blame him.