From 1996 to 2002, Rosie O’Donnell was a famous TV personality, hosting her own talk show. It was similar to the Ellen Degeneres show, and Rosie O’Donnell seemed to be a pleasant person, who launched ‘koosh’ balls into the audience to the delight of all. She was even nicknamed the ‘Queen of Nice’.
In the years since, however, Rosie has become increasingly rude, nasty, ignorant, and vindictive. The further she delved into politics and conspiracy theories (Bush did 9/11 according to Rosie), the worse she got, as shown in her time on the View when even other hosts could barely stand to be seen with her. However, no one could’ve seen that Rosie O’Donnell would go on to attempt to literally BRIBE TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS to vote against the tax reform bill when it came up for a vote Tuesday, December 19.
Yet that is exactly what happened on Tuesday night, when O’Donnell took to her Twitter feed to publicly attempt to bribe Senator Susan Collins and Senator Jeff Flake with $2 million dollars apiece. In a series of tweets, Rosie O’Donnell began by offering Susan Collins $2 million in cash, along with the instructions that she should ‘call to negotiate’, and a message of castigation, asking of Susan Collins “do u think your family is proud of u”, and tagging it improperly as ‘@sennatorcollins’.
susan – 2 million dollars cash
call if u want to negotiate
do u think your family is proud of u @sennatorcollins
woman – mother – grandmother – sister – daughter
u have betrayed us all
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2017
She went on to tell ‘Sennator’ Collins that she has betrayed ‘us’ all. Sadly, Rosie gave no word on who ‘us’ is, because your author certainly doesn’t feel betrayed, and because Senator Collins is a Senator from the state of Maine, not New York (where Rosie O’Donnell claims residency). Rosie O’Donnell also says “dear god, ask for forgiveness, redeem ur soul tomorrow,” which is strange from a vehemently anti-religious individual who has taken shots in recent years at every religion except Islam.
But Rosie O’Donnell wasn’t done with her tweeting yet! Her next tweet is even better, stating in part “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.” The tweet continues on to suggest that the two sitting Senators should DM Rosie O’Donnell on Twitter, finishing with saying ‘no shit, 2 million, cash, each’.
In other tweets Tuesday night, Rosie O’Donnell goes on to invoke the name of Rachel ‘Meadow’ (one can only suspect that she intended to say ‘Maddow’), before her Twitter account devolved into swearing and insults and the usual conspiratorial nonsense about the Koch Brothers.
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 RICH
DM me susan
DM me jeff
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2017
Aside from the obvious ignorance of Rosie O’Donnell’s tweets and claims that tax reform will kill people (I thought we were already dead after Net Neutrality anyway?), there’s another problem; Rosie’s tweets can be seen to constitute an attempt at bribery (and a rather public attempt, at that).
Bribery is illegal in most civilized nations, and it is no different here in the United States. According to 18 USC §201(b) (which you can read HERE), what Rosie O’Donnell did is a federal crime. To quote a few relevant portions of the text of 18 USC §201(b), ‘Whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity with intent (A) to influence any official act; OR (C) to induce such public official or such person who has been selected to be a public official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the lawful duty of such official or person’ is guilty of committing bribery. Obviously, offering to pay a public official, such as a Senator (or two), falls under this law.
So what is the possible punishment for such an act? Well, according to 18 USC §201(b), such a person who attempts to bribe (or does bribe) a government official faces a fine up to ‘three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, or imprisoned for not more than fifteen years, or both’, meaning Rosie is looking at some serious punishment. The fine can be up to $12 million (she tried to bribe two senators with $2 million apiece, after all), and she can serve up to 30 years (attempting to bribe two separate officials, even when done at the same time, can arguably be seen as two separate crimes, thus two charges).
People have lost jobs and even ruined their social and personal lives with tweets before, but seldom does someone so publicly declare their desire and intent to willfully violate federal law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, himself a former Senator, is well within his rights to investigate and charge Rosie O’Donnell.
Whether or not she will be investigated or charged, Rosie O’Donnell should bow out of the political arena; she has nothing of value to add, she is generally nasty to all, and she is apparently willing to commit crimes to further her political goals.
Maybe Rosie should spend more time worrying about her relationships, allegations of abuse against her, and about finding gainful employment than attempting to bribe Senators. Or just go back to throwing kooshes (keesh? Keeshes?) to kids.