By Lindsey Boerma, The Atlantic
The latest indication that some Republicans are becoming uneasy about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidential candidacy: Conservative powerhouse Club for Growth took aim at the real-estate tycoon-turned-reality-TV-star on Monday, labeling him “just another liberal.”
Despite considerable skepticism about whether Trump’s presidential ambitions are any more than “a publicity stunt,” as Club for Growth President Chris Chocola contends, party leaders appear to be growing more concerned about the prospect of a run by a man who has promised to dump $600 million of his own money into the race.
“I think it’s a problem for the Republican Party,” GOP pollster Linda DiVall says. “Many view Donald Trump as a not very serious candidate — you hear the word ‘circus’ thrown around where he’s involved — and that’s going to detract from the other candidates in the field.”
The Club for Growth was derisive about the possibility of a Trump candidacy but is taking the prospect seriously enough to go on the attack.
“Donald Trump for president? You’ve got to be joking,” Chocola said in a statement that provides a point-by-point critique of Trump’s positions. The club, which backs smaller government and free-market economics, cites past Trump statements in support of “universal health care” and a proposal to slap a onetime tax on individuals with a net worth of more than $10 million. Trump’s plans to levy a tariff on Chinese goods makes him the “king of protectionism,” the Club says.
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