Rosie O’Donnell tried to bribe two Republican senators into voting against the GOP’s tax reform bill late Tuesday.
O’Donnell, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, began her diatribe during Rachel Maddow’s evening show, asking the MSNBC host whether American citizens should show up on Capitol Hill to protest the passage of the Republican-backed tax bill.
“Ok so @Maddow – for real – should we all just getting our cars – on the train – right now – and show up in dc – right now – we mobilize – someone has to call it #SAYGO come on – #nowORnever show up – like a musical – masses of humans – show up now #SHOWUP [sic],” O’Donnell tweeted.
O’Donnell offered Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins $2 million in cash via a tweet hours before the Senate narrowly passed the bill.
“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 wrote. “NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS FOR THE [SUPER] RICH. DM me susan DM me jeff no shit 2 million cash each.”
In a later tweet, she told Collins to call her if she wants “to negotiate.”
Collins and Flake both voted for the bill, which was passed in the Senate early Wednesday.
Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay flagged O’Donnell’s last tweet, writing that it is “literally a criminal offense.”
He included a screenshot image of a portion of laws related to bribery.
“Whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official … or offers or promises any public official … to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent to influence any official act,” the portion of the law states.
Markay said that O’Donnell’s tweet “is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $12 million.”
So Rosie actually broke the law with the tweet itself. Attorney General Sessions, get cracking!