Trump’s attorney accused the Club for Growth of defaming Donald Trump by noting that he supports higher taxes
In a letter sent to the conservative Club for Growth today, Donald Trump’s general counsel accused the organization of defaming Trump by highlighting his record of supporting tax increases, national health care, and Wall Street bailouts.
“Simply stated, your Attack Ad is not only completely disingenuous, but replete with outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications which you fully know to be untrue,” Trump lawyer Alan Garten wrote.
In its ad, the Club for Growth, which has a long history of targeting liberals for electoral defeat, accused Donald Trump of supporting higher taxes:
“Which presidential candidate supports higher taxes, national health care, and the Wall Street bailout?” the ad asks while showing pictures of Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. “It’s Donald Trump.”
The Club for Growth ad then showed a 2004 clip of Donald Trump telling CNN that “in many cases I probably identify more as a Democrat.” Trump previously donated over $15,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In his letter, Trump’s attorney said the Club for Growth “lied” by asserting that Trump supports higher taxes.
“Mr. Trump does not support higher taxes,” Garten wrote. “This is the very definition of libel.” Interestingly enough, Garten did not dispute the charge that Donald Trump supports national health care or Wall Street bailouts.
Garten’s assertion, however, appears to have little basis in reality. For example, Trump has repeatedly called for higher taxes on certain types of investment income. Garten only needs to spend a few minutes on Google to see the mountains of evidence supporting the charge that Donald Trump wants to raise taxes. Here is but a small sampling of headlines highlighting Trump’s ongoing support for higher taxes: