Club For Growth Attacks Donald Trump Again

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadi
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The Club for Growth PAC is charging that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump wants more federal control over businesses in the United States.

The Club for Growth released a statement responding to some of Trump’s comments made Tuesday evening during a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa.

It noted: “At a campaign event, Donald Trump made the following statements about reports that Ford Motor Company will build a plant in Mexico:”

  • “I would say very simply, ‘Fellas, sorry, you gotta move back.’”
  • “I’ll call them up and say, ‘Gotta go. I don’t want you in Mexico.’”
  • “I would say to the head of Ford, ‘Sorry, I’m not gonna approve. You’re gonna pay a tax, for every car and every truck and every part that comes across that southern border, you’re gonna pay a 35% tax, OK?’ That’s what’s gonna happen.”

“Donald Trump’s threat to impose new taxes on U.S. car companies will hurt the American economy and cost more American jobs,” said David McIntosh, President of the Club for Growth. “It should thrill liberals and Democrats everywhere that Trump wants to create new taxes and start a trade war to force American companies to work where he demands.”

McIntosh said that Trump isn’t touting what other Republicans have suggested: lowering corporate taxes, building a profitable environment in America and cutting regulations; rather, instead McIntosh charges, “Trump wants to unilaterally threaten a major U.S. manufacturer with higher taxes.”

The strength of the U.S. economy has historically been our free markets. But, for the past seven years the Obama Administration has driven up costs for consumers by attacking free markets with costly regulations and executive orders. Now Donald Trump wants to one-up the Obama pen-and-phone method by threatening global companies like Ford with higher taxes to make cars for Americans. If Donald Trump gets his way, the heavy hand of government will get substantially heavier, and car buyers will be left holding the bag.

This isn’t the first time the Club for Growth has been critical of Donald Trump. The organization released a press release against Trump after his formal presidential announcement. Trump later responded by disclosing that the Club for Growth had previously approached him, seeking a large monetary donation.

Donald Trump nor his campaign has released a response to the recent statement from Club for Growth.


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