Barack Obama is easily the most thin-skinned and unpresidential, not to mention most tyrannical, president in American history. He divisively attacks his political opponents viciously, both in words and by unconstitutionally using the power of the government to bludgeon anyone who speaks out against him.
The question is, would Donald Trump be similar in reacting to his political opponents?
We may have an answer to that important question in Trump’s response to The Club for Growth‘s ads exposing Trump’s bipolar record on the issues.
On Tuesday, the Trump campaign issued a “cease and desist” letter to The Club’s president, David McIntosh, threatening a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the free-market supporting group if they don’t pull their anti-Trump ads.
The letter from Trump general counsel, Alan Garten, refers to the Club for Growth, considered a mover and shaker in conservative circles, as a “pitiful little group,” who is trying to shake him down for donations in return for support.
“Simply stated, your Attack Ad is not only completely disingenuous, but replete with outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications which you know to be untrue, thereby exposing you and your so-called “club” to liability for damages and other tortious harm,” the scathing letter from team Trump to the Club for Growth states.
In addition to the anti-Trump ads, which question Trump’s free market credentials, as well as flip-flopping on a variety of different issues, David McIntosh sent a letter to its members which no doubt contributed to ruffling The Donald’s feathers.
The Club for Growth responded to Trump’s demand letter publicly, accusing him of “whining when his liberal record is revealed.”
“Tough guy Donald Trump starts whining when his liberal record is revealed,” McIntosh said. “Trump has advocated higher taxes numerous times over many years, just like he’s advocated for universal health care, the Wall Street bailout, and expanded government powers to take private property,” he noted.
“Trump’s own statements prove that our ads are accurate,” McIntosh claimed. “They [the ads] will continue to run. We suggest that Donald grow up, stop whining, and try to defend his liberal record.”
Short response to @realDonaldTrump Stop Whining
— CFG + CFG Action (@club4growth) September 22, 2015
This exchange makes one wonder whether Trump would go after the press in a similar fashion as Obama, should they, God forbid, say something negative about him and his presidential administration.
Imagine Trump having all the power of the federal government, and ask yourself whether criticism would be allowed.