It's impossible to know for sure if O'Donnell was serious about forking over $2 million to Republicans who opposed the tax plan, or if it was all a drawn-out joke meant to highlight the absurdity of American politics in 2017.
In a post, former "View" co-host said she would "give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake.if they vote NO", against President Trump's tax bill. If she was, that would constitute a felony, as right wing sites, like The Daily Caller, have been quick to point out.
"$2 million to any GOP senator who votes no on KILLING AMERICANS". In particular, she set her sights on Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) if they voted against the bill.
Not only did the senators ignore her "offer" and vote for the bill (which has now passed the Senate and is on its way back to the House for a vote on a revised version), but many users dragged the comedian for what they deemed a bribe.
Those directly targeted by O'Donnell included GOP Sens.
The outspoken liberal used the rationale that "they have been paid obviously", implicitly charging that some "yes" votes on the bill are a result of lobbying and donations from special interest groups and that, accordingly. she would "happily" pay anyone who's willing to change their vote. "2 million. cash. each [sic]", O'Donnell tweeted.
Those pointing out that bribery is against the law aren't wrong. Offering public officials money to influence an official act is illegal under federal law and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Conservative writer David Harsanyi of The Federalist interpreted O'Donnell's offer even more severely, tweeting "ARREST ROSIE".