In our modern political climate, it seems that politicians pay most attention to those with money. And however pure her intentions, comedian Rosie O’Donnell seemed to make light of that on December 19th, when she offered to pay senators $2 million to vote against the Republican tax plan.
“so how about this,” O’Donnell tweeted on December 19th. “i promise to give
2 million dollars to senator susan collins
and 2 million to senator jeff flake if they vote NO.”
The two senators O’Donnell tweeted about, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Senator Susan Collins of Maine, have been reportedly on the fence about the Republican tax bill. Collins is noted as one of the more moderate Republicans in Congress, and she was one of three senators to vote against the Obamacare repeal earlier this year. She agreed to support the tax bill if other Republicans voted on two of her bills to help fund health care for low-income and sick people. Republican leaders promised Flake a seat on the committee to draft a DACA replacement in order to secure his vote on the bill.
Neither Flake nor Collins responded to O’Donnell’s tweet. The bill passed along party lines in the Senate, with all Republicans including Flake and Collins voting yes.
Some Twitter users interpreted O’Donnell’s promise as legitimate and remarked that her offer was bribery. Some then suggested that she should be arrested.
But others defended O’Donnell, joking that politicians already received large sums of money from lobbyists and corporations. O’Donnell retweeted several users’ defenses of her original tweet.
O’Donnell also tweeted several articles that expressed concern over the tax bill.
The former co-host of The View is known for her liberal beliefs and as a steadfast Donald Trump critic. O’Donnell has been critical of Trump long before he ran for president. She has also been an outspoken opponent of Trump’s agenda as president, and in February, she protested the president’s first speech to Congress. And she has also offered to play Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, on SNL.
It’s hard to say if O’Donnell was serious about paying Collins and Flake, but we get the feeling that if she was, she wouldn’t post about it on Twitter. Bribery is a crime that we don’t condone, but with the rough outlook for many Americans after this tax bill passes, we’ll take all the laughs we can get.