December 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Rosie O’Donnell faces backlash for offering to pay GOP senators

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Rosie O’Donnell is facing backlash from conservatives for offering $2 million to GOP senators if they voted no on the reformed tax bill.

O’Donnell made the offer on Tuesday on Twitter to Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ahead of the tax bill vote. Both Collins and Flake voted yes for the bill, which passed on Wednesday morning.

“so how about this i promise to give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake. if they vote NO NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUOER RICHDM me susan DM me jeff no shit 2 million cash each,” O’Donnell tweeted.

O’Donnell also addressed Collins directly posting a photo of Collins’ family.

“do u think your family is proud of u @sennatorcollins woman – mother – grandmother – sister – daughter u have betrayed us all,” O’Donnell tweeted.

In another tweeted O’Donnell posts, “i will HAPPILY pay any GOP senator 2 million dollars to vote NO they have been paid obviously.”

The Hill notes that under 18 U.S. Code § 201 it is illegal “to offer money to public officials with the intent to influence official acts, like voting on a bill” but whether her tweets were meant to be serious is unclear. However, O’Donnell did retweet comments from people who did not take her tweets seriously.

Other people wanted O’Donnell to face legal action.

Conservative websites The Daily Wire and The Federalist believe that O’Donnell’s tweets do, in fact, break the law.

The New York Daily News reports that FBI officials “neither confirm nor deny investigations” into the matter.

  • I believe she went WAY too far this time. This is attempted bribery and she should be held to account.

  • Rosie O’Donnell didn’t go far enough: She should have offered that money to Donald Trump not to sign the bill. That might have worked and we would all be better off except the real rich people who are already better off. She still gave it her best shot and for that, I adore her.

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