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."
well its not a bribe - its a gift - so we can say MEWRRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN 2 million for a no vote
"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,” she initially tweeted. “NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE SUPER RICH.”
"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.
See the most savage reactions to O'Donnell's attempt to kill the bill below, followed by more supportive messages.
Chunky libtard Rosie O'Donnell wanted to bribe US politicians to vote against the GOP tax bill.
If chunky Rosie is so concerned over big tax cuts for the American people, why doesn't she just sell off all her assets and send a nice, fat check to the IRS in 2018? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/MvFanqWZvN
After Rosie O'Donnell's public attempt to bribe Susan Collins or Jeff Flake with 2 million each, she should probably expect calls from other politicians telling her the proper and usual way to offer bribes quietly and secretly.
As a citizen of the United States of America I call on the President of the United States to instruct the attorney general to arrest Ms. Rosie O'Donnell for the attempted bribe of sitting U.S. senators. @POTUS