Oh yeah, nothing gross about that.
Courtesy of ABC News:
Just three days after President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike in Baghdad that killed the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, his re-election campaign sent an email blast to millions of his supporters touting and fundraising off the military action.
“Soleimani was a monster responsible for THOUSANDS of American deaths, and the world is a better place without him in it,” the campaign email read, with a subject line that declared, “ANOTHER dead terrorist.”
The email links supporters to a survey which upon completion redirects immediately to a fundraising page with a suggested donation of $100.
Less than a full week following Trump’s military order to take out the top Iranian commander, the president’s campaign has worked swiftly to capitalize on and weave that move into a political advantage through fundraising, list building and attacks on 2020 Democratic rivals.
“Americans want to see their President acting decisively and defending the nation’s interests and that’s exactly what President Trump did,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told ABC News when asked about the campaign’s response to the military action. “The days of appeasing terrorists and the regimes that support them are over. Democrats and much of the media risk appearing as Iran apologists who look to blame America for responding to terrorist acts and plans.”
It is obviously in extremely bad taste to use a man’s death as a fundraising tool, but we are still not even sure that the administration was justified in taking him out.
Here is what Senator Mike Lee said after a briefing on the strike that killed Soleimani.
Republican senator Mike Lee blasts the Trump administrations post-Iran briefing, says they were told they could not dissent from Trump, couldn’t debate it, and if Trump needed justification to go to war “I’m sure we could think of something” pic.twitter.com/bfyPqoSf8c
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) January 8, 2020
Courtesy of WaPo:
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) unloaded on the administration on Wednesday afternoon for disregarding Congress’s role to declare war. He told reporters after a briefing on the strike killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and its aftermath: “The briefing lasted only 75 minutes, whereupon our briefers left. This, however, is not the biggest problem I have with the briefing, which I would add was probably the worst briefing I’ve seen at least on a military issue in the nine years I’ve served in the United States Senate.”
“I find it insulting and I find it demeaning to the Constitution of the United States,” Lee said, adding, “It’s un-American. It’s unconstitutional. And it’s wrong. … They are appearing before a coordinate branch of government responsible for their funding, for their confirmation, for any approval of any military action they might take. They had to leave after 75 minutes while they were in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and not debate this in public. I find that to be absolutely insane.” He also made clear that because of the briefing he would now join in a war-powers resolution introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).
Lee also claimed that this was the worst briefing he had attended in his 9 years in the Senate and Rand Paul said that they learned nothing more than what they had already read in the newspapers.
So not only is the Trump campaign attempting to benefit financially from this man’s death, but they may be trying to benefit financially from a war crime.