Rosie O’ Donnell may have committed a federal offense by trying to bribe Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins to vote against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a desperate Twitter tantrum, the liberal icon offered the politicians 2 million dollars each if they would vote against the measure on Tuesday night. Obviously, she wasn’t successful in her bribe.
But news flash – bribing elected leaders is against Federal law.
Will law enforcement take action?
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Rosie O’Donnell offered $2 million in cash to Republican senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins if they voted no to the Republican tax plan, and Twitter has been flooded with “lock her up” tweets as a result.
The “SMILF” star took to Twitter late Tuesday night to tweet out the offer, which she has since argued was “not a bribe” — since it is illegal to bribe an elected official — rather “a gift so we can say ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
“DM me Susan, DM me Jeff,” she added. “No shit. $2 million cash each.”
The tweet isn’t going over well, with many conservatives calling for her to be prosecuted for the offer. People whose politics fall on the other side of the spectrum, however, are pointing out the hypocrisy in bashing O’Donnell for offering politicians cash to shape policy, while that is literally what lobbyists do on behalf of corporations.
“This is a serious violation of federal law. Throw her in prison with a box of Twinkies and shut the door for 15 years,” one hater tweeted.
Someone who doesn’t seem to mind O’Donnell’s offer tweeted, “How dare Rosie O’Donnell try to bribe Congress for their vote. Doesn’t she know only lobbyists and corporations get to do that?”
Both senators ended up voting in favor of the tax plan, despite O’Donnell’s last-ditch effort, and Republicans succeeded in pushing it through the Senate. The House approved the bill earlier Tuesday but will have to vote again on Wednesday, then if it passes again, heads to President Donald Trump’s desk.
Rosie will always be nosy. But her ill-advised ventures into the political world may land her in the clinker before you can say “triple cheeseburger.”