Panned as just the latest example of Trump using the presidential office for financial gain was news the Trump campaign on Monday sent an email to supporters offering to reward donations by having their names "flashed on the screen during a broadcast" of the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
"My fellow Americans, the state of the union is: for sale."
According to the Washington Post, the fundraising solicitation" offered those willing to pay at least $35 the opportunity to see their name displayed during a live streaming of the address on his campaign website."
"Talk about not getting it," said the government watchgroup CREW, in a tweet responding to the report: "President Trump is seeking to parlay his first State of the Union address on Tuesday into cash for his reelection campaign."
Talk about not getting it: President Trump is seeking to parlay his first State of the Union address on Tuesday into cash for his reelection campaign by offering supporters a chance to see their name flashed on the screen during a broadcast of the speech https://t.co/kIxicmCdMP
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 30, 2018
CREW wasn't alone in expressing incredulity:
Why not sell each paragraph to the highest bidder? "This section brought to you by..." Of course many special interests have already purchased large pieces of the speech. https://t.co/wWIKOz09J6
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) January 30, 2018
my fellow Americans, the state of the union is: for sale https://t.co/8NZ3064KbX
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) January 30, 2018