The feud between Donald Trump and leading free-enterprise advocacy group, The Club for Growth, just kicked into overdrive with the organization calling Trump the “worst Republican candidate on economic issues” and perhaps the most liberal candidate in either party in the presidential race except for socialist Bernie Sanders.
In an email letter released this weekend by Club for Growth President David McIntosh, the group said that Donald Trump is about the last thing they’d like to talk about, but that they feel compelled to because, “There’s simply too much at stake not to talk about Donald Trump,” and said that on the issues the only thing they have in common is that neither will back down from a fight.
The Club rebuked Trump for being “all over the map” on the issues and says that Trump “has taken several positions that are downright horrendous!”
Very much like the recent harsh criticism against Trump’s supersized, yet fragile, ego by Louisiana governor and fellow GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, who spoofed Trump alongside Charlie Sheen’s infamous and drug-induced “Winning” video, The Club for Growth said that, “The only thing Donald Trump is for – is Donald Trump.”
The Club assessed that Trump’s previous support for universal health care, a socialist idea, is further to the left than being for Obamacare.
The letter in it’s entirety is below:
I’d rather not talk about Donald Trump.
Everyone is talking about Donald Trump and I’d rather talk about just about anything else. But I have to talk about Donald Trump. The Club for Growth has to talk about Donald Trump. There’s simply too much at stake not to talk about Donald Trump.
By now, you may have seen some of the very public clashes between Trump and the Club for Growth. I don’t expect them to end anytime soon.
Because perhaps the only thing that Donald Trump and the Club for Growth have in common is that neither of us back down from a battle, even a tough battle!
The Club believes that Donald is the worst Republican candidate on economic issues – plain and simple. In fact, short of Bernie Sanders, he may be the most liberal candidate in the whole field on fiscal policy.
Not only has Trump been all over the map on some of the Club’s key issues – but he has taken several positions that are downright horrendous!
- Trump came out for socialized medicine that was to the left of Obamacare, and he still thinks it works.
- Trump proposed the largest tax increase in U.S. history. That’s not easy to do, but Trump did.
- Trump not only supported eminent domain to take people’s private property so developers could use it for casinos and amusement parks, he’s tried to do it himself!
- Trump jumped on board with Obama’s tax-the-rich mantra, dismissing a flat tax because he wants rates that “graduate upward.” Note to Donald: that’s the system we have in place.
- Trump doesn’t just saber-rattle about trade wars, he wants to take up the sword and rush the U.S. into massive trade wars with huge tariffs that would be a devastating tax on American businesses and consumers.
Donald Trump poses as anti-establishment. But that’s exactly the problem. He’s posing, just like the reality star he is. Playing a part for the sake of an audience – he really is the worst kind of politician.
The Club for Growth has also built a reputation on being anti-establishment, especially when it comes to fighting against the Republican Party for failing to cut taxes and shrink government.
But that’s the key difference between the Club and Donald Trump. The Club is anti-establishment but it is also FOR something: “Prosperity and Opportunity through Economic Freedom.”
The only thing Donald Trump is for – is Donald Trump.
This past week I wrote an op-ed explaining how the failure of Republican leaders in Washington has given birth to the Donald Trump show.
You and I don’t want any more excuses from John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. We want them to fight for the principles they were sent to Washington to defend. And Republicans are angry because they haven’t done the job. So, they’re looking for presidential candidates to stir things up and force real change.
The Club for Growth has done exhaustive work researching the economic liberty records of GOP presidential candidates, and there are decidedly pro-growth candidates with policies that could turn things around.
Donald Trump is absolutely not one of them. His record on taxes, trade, spending, and entitlement reform is simply awful. And his posturing on all sides of issues makes him the worst kind of politician.
So it’s great that Donald Trump is anti-establishment. But I’m more concerned about what he’s FOR than just what he’s against – and we hope you are too.
President | Club for Growth
A review of Donald Trump’s Twitter account on 5:00 PM ET on Sunday reveals no response from Trump thus far. But you can bet there will be.