Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump turned to Twitter on Monday to denounce the Ricketts — the politically-active family who owns the Chicago Cubs — for funding a super PAC that opposes his presidential campaign.
“I hear the Rickets [sic] family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
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
Trump’s anger is likely targeted at the family’s matriarch, Marlene Rickett, who reportedly gave $3 million to the Our Principles PAC in January. The PAC is anti-Trump and has spent millions of dollars on ads and mailings in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, all in an effort to oppose Trump’s presidential bid, according to CBS Chicago.
While they adamantly oppose Trump, the Ricketts previously backed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s short-lived presidential campaign. However, Marlene Rickett has also donated money to the campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Each of those men are, or were, candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination.
According to USA Today, Katie Packer, who helped manage Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, runs the super PAC. In comments to the newspaper, Packer said the PAC is looking to “aggressively target” the states of the March 1 “Super Tuesday” primary in the coming days.
“We will continue to shine a bright light on Trump’s liberal statements and inconsistencies,” Packer said.
Twitter, in it’s normal fashion, responded to Trump’s threat with vengeance:
@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 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
@realDonaldTrump so, basically, trump just tweeted an extortion threat.
— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) 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
— Teal (@sirenidica) February 22, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Implying blackmail much?
— stephen carlin (@stephencarlin) 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.
— Paul Drake (@PaulWDrake) February 22, 2016
Including TheBlaze’s own Dana Loesch:
When people read things like this, do they ask whether or not he would abuse his power as president over dissent? https://t.co/HZ6N48gFzE
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 22, 2016
According to Forbes, the Rickett family is worth an estimated $4.5 billion. The majority of their wealth comes from their ownership of TD Ameritrade, which the family’s patriarch, Joe Rickett, founded. They bought a 95 percent majority stake in the Chicago Cubs in 2009.
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