Donald Trump’s re-election strategy included, at least in part, a reference to one of the nation’s most beloved Republican presidents: Ronald Reagan.
In a fundraising email earlier this month, the campaign promised election swag — including a set of coins bearing the images of Trump and Reagan — for donations of a certain amount.
The revenue is slated to benefit the Trump team and the Republican National Committee, but the chief marketing officer of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute spoke out against the unauthorized use of the 40th president’s image.
“We own the likeness of President Reagan and they used his image for the coin without our consent,” said Melissa Giller. “We called the RNC and asked them to cease and desist the use of Pres Reagan on the coin and they agreed.”
The RNC agreed to the request “within seconds,” she said, though The Hill noted that the coins still appeared to be for sale online as of Saturday.
RNC Communications Director Michael Ahrens bristled at the request, claiming that the campaign believes its “use of the image was appropriate” and agreeing only to “stop emailing this fundraising solicitation as a courtesy.”