Leave it to Donald Trump to brazenly ask supporters to fund a new big boy toy rather than fixing his old plane. Days after a jet flying him to Florida was forced to make an emergency landing (following a fundraising speech, naturally), the former president’s Save America PAC sent an email blast to supporters boasting about his plans for “a BRAND NEW Trump Force One.”
“Do you remember Trump Force One?” the email read (via Rolling Stone). “Before becoming the greatest President of all time, I traveled the Country in my plane, known as Trump Force One. I have a very important update on my plane but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone: my team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One.”
According to The Hill, the email also included a GIF of a plane taking off with a poll giving supporters the option to get a preview of the new Trump Force One. Linked to the poll is a donation page, which according to Rolling Stone, includes a box pre-checked for a recurring month-to-month contribution.
Trump’s emergency landing took place on Saturday evening but wasn’t reported until Wednesday. He was flying in a jet lent to him by a GOP donor to return to Mar-a-Lago after a speech in New Orleans in which he proposed a bonkers plan for the US to “bomb the shit out of Russia” with fighter jets painted with the Chinese flag.
As for the plane Trump used throughout his 2016 presidential campaign, CNN reported last year that the gold-plated jet was sitting idle in disrepair at a New York airport 60 miles north of Manhattan. According to flight records, Trump hadn’t flown the 757 since he lost access to Air Force One on Inauguration Day.
Apparently, Trump’s ambitions for another presidential run require a brand new plane funded by his supporters, rather than simply fixing the original.
In other recent Trump news, his social media platform Truth Social was essentially DOA when it was set to launch in late February.