The more I think about it, the more excited I get that Donald Trump is running for president. In fact, he might be exactly what the 2016 election needs. He’s someone who has no shame, doesn’t care what he says (or even if what he says is accurate) and couldn’t care less what anyone thinks of him.
And as much as it pains me to say it, someone like that actually does have their use in a political arena. Not as a legitimate presidential candidate, mind you, but rather just as someone to keep things lively and interesting. Especially considering so much of politics in general is so scripted, polished and rehearsed for media perfection.
Well, it hasn’t taken “The Donald” long to make a splash as he’s already made headlines, not for his attacks on Democrats, but for absolutely humiliating a tea party group who bashed his presidential announcement.
Shortly after Trump made his candidacy official, the Club for Growth issued the following statement:
The Club for Growth has issued very substantive and detailed white papers on the records of the major announced Republican candidates for president. There is no need to do a white paper on Donald Trump. He is not a serious Republican candidate, and many of his positions make him better suited to take on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. It would also be unfortunate if he takes away a spot at even one Republican debate.
Naturally, Trump didn’t take this bold insult to his candidacy lying down.
During an interview on Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect, Trump accused the Club for Growth of attacking him because he denied their request for a donation of $1 million.
“They came up to see me very recently,” Trump said. “And they sent us a letter, I think we have it, asking for a tremendous contribution. I was shocked by the amount of money we’re talking about.”
In fact, Trump did have the letter from David McIntosh, the President of Club for Growth, asking the billionaire for a $1 million donation to his organization.
I’m by no means a fan of Trump, and for the most part what the Club for Growth said about his candidacy is true. He’s not a candidate that anyone is really going to take seriously. That being said, I can’t imagine this organization releasing such a scathing letter against Trump’s candidacy had he fulfilled their request for a $1 million donation. In fact, I’m fairly certain they would have probably spoken quite highly of him had he given them that money. This clearly seemed to be a jab at the newly minted Republican presidential candidate because he denied their request.
But this is the sort of thing that has to put Republicans a little on edge. Trump clearly isn’t afraid to burn bridges, or say whatever is on his mind. And as someone who’s been buddying up with many high-ranking conservatives over these last few years, I’m sure he’s been privy to quite a lot of information that some of these people might not want being made public.
It’s like I said just following Trump’s announcement, while he might not be a serious candidate, he’s definitely going to add to the entertainment value of the 2016 presidential race.
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