Donald Trump has made it quite clear that he won’t tolerate any negativity in this presidential election. Negativity directed at him, that is.
From USA Today:
New campaign-finance reports show that Marlene Ricketts, the wife of billionaire T.D. Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts, contributed $3 million to Our Principles PAC, a super PAC that blistered Trump with negative ads, voter guides and mailers ahead of the Iowa caucusesand the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. Katie Packer, who helped manageMitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, runs the group.
Virtually all the money the committee raised in January came from Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs.
The Ricketts family backed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s short-lived presidential bid. Marlene Ricketts, however, also spread smaller amounts to other contenders, giving $10,000 each last year to super PACs that backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
This morning, Trump had a message for the Ricketts family:
I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016
Um, OK …
Some of his supporters are digging the tough-guy talk:
@realDonaldTrump @DennisPrager & #Pundits making a big issue about this statement as if TRUMP has no right to counter attack.
— I Stand With Trump! (@Barb4TRUMP) February 22, 2016
@Barb4TRUMP @realDonaldTrump @DennisPrager People with skeletons in their closet should really lock those doors. With you, Mr. Trump!
— Ella Wigginton (@Ella_Boo_Bella) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Expose them for what they are! No politician would say this.This is why we support you! @CajunKangaroo
— Sara (@saraelvin) February 22, 2016
@Elvisfan1976 I'm glad he's naming and shaming. He's lifting that old nasty curtain once and for all. We deserve the truth!
— Chief Ridiculous (@ChiefRidiculous) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Thank you for exposing these people! Article: Marlene Ricketts, Chicago Cubs VIP, ID'd https://t.co/iUscCp1hHW
— Chris Stevens (@Padoozles) February 22, 2016
@patrickmarkryan @realDonaldTrump no its letting us know about the bs he deals with daily… this is why we want him.. he's honest
— Bridget Sanders (@Bridget00685720) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump expose them
— Michael Cavallaro (@michaecavallaro) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump go get 'em Mr. Trump! #Trump2016
— Raymond Reddington (@NickV2169) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump @Caught_U_Mirin I LOVE @realDonaldTrump calling it like it should be called!
— Journeyman27 (@The_Qualls) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump @DanScavino Go get em Mr. Trump. Voters hate dirty politics! #voteTrump2016
— Carolyn Bailey (@Carobailey864) February 22, 2016
But a lot of people are … unimpressed, to say the least:
@realDonaldTrump So you support 1984 style coercion, giving the FBI the key to smartphones AND assault weapon bans…gotcha
— Glenn Brown (@RandomHero30) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump so, basically, trump just tweeted an extortion threat.
— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Implying blackmail much?
— stephen carlin (@stephencarlin) February 22, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump Blackmail threats. You're running for president, not mob boss. I know how hard it is for you to tell the difference. Try.
— Stainless Steel Raz (@_Monocle_) February 22, 2016
Shorter @realDonaldTrump: "It'd be a shame if anything happened to your nice little baseball team," basically.
— ConservativeLA (@ConservativeLA) February 22, 2016
@KLNorvell @liars_never_win @realDonaldTrump He sounds like a mob boss.
— Teal (@sirenidica) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump You are warning them to be careful? Mr Trump you sound very evil for intimidating somebody that has a different opinion
— NoelDuram (@CutRealty) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Crazy me, but that sounds like a threat.
— Paula (@itsonlywords) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Everything this man does begins with a threat. Toilet politics.
— #NeverTrump – Elisa (@EJanesSeminole) February 22, 2016
Are you threatening Cubs owner? America doesn't need another petulant potus in the white house @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/PNO9J6Ug22
— deb4liberty (@deb4liberty) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump sounds like a threat! Are you starting to throw another #Trumpertantrum ?
— Beth Wellington (@beth_wellington) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump threats. how presidential
— Jess #NeverTrump (@jesie_ann) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump wow, now that is Presidential. Not.
— Timothy McBride (@mcbridetd) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump a Presidential threat https://t.co/Gsd0562R1R @TSTpolitics
— Jeremy Greenfield (@jdgreenfield) February 22, 2016
So basically you will use presidency for revenge? @realDonaldTrump
— Imran Gulmohamad (@igulmo) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump What are you in your own mind, Donnie? An emperor? A king? A mob boss? You're a putz that was born rich & stumbled up.
— #NeverTrump (@PaulWDrake) February 22, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump is an actual fascist: https://t.co/lmnPxw0LHE
— Trey (@Earendil82) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump How awesome if you'd become POTUS. You could have vebdetta's against people that disagreed and maybe sic the IRS! Creep.
— Jimmy #NeverTrump (@jneutron1969) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Holy shit, you absolute madman.
— Jared Taylor Swift (@JaredTSwift) February 22, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump What sane American would give someone w this psychology the levers of power?
— GlockLady CRUZr (@GlockLady) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump They have right to spend their $ any way they want. You're trying to bully private citizens.I pray you never get govt power
— Mrs. BACCV (@BACCV) February 22, 2016
YUGE ultimatum: Trump tells Cruz to do three things — or he’ll sue over eligibility
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