The Club for Growth announced last week that it was investing more than $1 million behind two attack ads against Trump, one of which accuses the Republican front-runner of wanting to hike taxes. “This is the very definition of libel”, read Trump’s campaign press release.
Garten also pushed back on the group’s claim that Trump supports raising taxes, saying the ad’s source material actually dates back to 15 years ago.
“Tough guy Donald Trump starts whining when his liberal record is revealed”, McIntosh, a former Republican congressman from Indiana, said in the statement.
The letter to the Washington-based Club for Growth claims its new ads portraying Trump as too liberal are “replete with outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications”.
We recently had the opportunity to view your television commercial entitled “Politician” together with your accompanying statements in the media concerning my client’s views (collectively, your “Attack Ad”) and, quite frankly, are dismayed by the depths special interest groups like yours will go to in an attempt to materially mislead the public for the personal benefit of you and your financial backers.
He added: “Trump’s own statements prove that our ads are accurate”.
Trump himself said in a statement Tuesday that he is “not surprised the dishonest, irrelevant and totally failing Club for Growth has resorted to attacking the definitive front runner, especially after I refused to contribute to their pathetic group”.
A spokesman for the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But the Club for Growth refused to kowtow to the reality TV star’s demands. “We suggest Donald grow up, stop whining, and try to defend his liberal record”.
When Trump flirted with a 2012 presidential run as a Republican, however, he said he no longer favored the wealth tax.
Trump and The Club for Growth have feuded since Trump launched his campaign when the fiscally conservative group came out strongly against Trump’s candidacy.
If the Club for Growth refuses to heed Trump’s warnings, the the real estate mogul’s counsel threatens: “we will commence a multi-million dollar lawsuit against you personally and your organization…as well as pursue all other remedies available to us at law or in equity”. Trump plans to release a tax plan soon that will lower taxes, his campaign says. American politics at its worst.