The Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has touched off a heated political debate over guns and school safety. Not surprisingly, politicians — including President Donald Trump and Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson — are trying to tap into that passion to raise some money.
Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign sent an email over the weekend that features a picture of a the president and first lady Melania Trump visiting a hospitalized survivor of the shooting that claimed 17 lives.
It’s part of a “Trump-Pence weekly newsletter” that includes a “contribute” link at the end directing recipients to a webpage to make an online contribution to Trump’s campaign.
Nelson has also highlighted the Feb. 14 Parkland mass shooting in campaign emails that direct recipients to a gun control survey and, ultimately, an opportunity to contribute to his re-election bid.
“Enough is enough!” says one recent Nelson campaign email. “These senseless shootings are not going to stop unless we, as a society, stand up and put a stop to them.”
An accompanying survey on “commonsense” gun control measures leads to a page that says: “Trump’s pick to run against me, Rick Scott, has an A-plus rating from the NRA. I’m counting on grassroots supporters like you to help me defeat Scott and keep fighting for commonsense gun laws in the Senate. Will you give $5 today to help protect Florida’s Senate seat?”
Respondents are then directed to an online contribution page offering them the chance to contribute $5 or more to Nelson’s campaign.