The Club for Growth, a known free market group, has produced ads attacking Donald Trump’s economic views.
I’ve always seen Donald Trump as a big government/big business corruptocrat. So I’m not surprised that the Club for Growth, as a free market group that advocates capitalism, has decided to target him.
According to the Washington Times,
The political arm of the Club for Growth launched a new ad campaign Tuesday that takes aim at Donald Trump as part of an escalating feud between the influential anti-spending group and the front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Club for Growth Action released two 30-second ads that warn that Mr. Trump is a liberal on economic policy, highlighting his previous support for higher taxes, a single-payer health care system and the 2008 bailout of Wall Street, as well as his support of the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision that held that government seizures of private property through eminent domain are lawful even if the public purpose is vaguely defined.
“Trump want you to think that he is ‘Mr. Tell It Like It Is,’” the narrator says in one ad, dubbed “Politician.” “But he has a record and it is very liberal.”
“He is really just playing us for chumps,” the narrator says. “Trump, just another politician.”
The ad features footage of Mr. Trump talking about his Democrat leanings, as well as a picture of him with Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The other “100 percent” spot focuses on Mr. Trump’s stated support for the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision involving the use of eminent domain.
It isn’t hard to figure out why Donald Trump would favor eminent domain (and, thus, why a free market group would disagree with him). Trump has grown his fortune by buying, developing, and selling real estate. If local government can grab up property for him to develop, he makes more money.
Thus, in reality, Donald Trump is part of the sleazy ruling class that he criticizes so well. He makes money through government connections.
Is Trump any worse, though, than some of the other Republican candidates? I don’t know. But he certainly is not far better than some of them.