After wasting $6 million to try to get you to abandon your support for Donald Trump in 2024, the Club for Growth is throwing in the towel. David McIntosh, the co-founder of Club for Growth, has admitted to the group’s megadonors that the attacks on Trump only seem to make him stronger. This is significant, because the Club for Growth has been the main financial backer for Ron DeSantis since at least 2013 and has been steering his career since at least 2015.
The Never Back Down Super PAC is running the mechanics of the DeSantis for president campaign in 2024, but Club for Growth is heavily present on the advising side for the campaign. David McIntosh and Club for Growth are intrinsically connected with Ron DeSantis, and that relationship predates Never Back Down.
Sorry for that boring introduction, but that context is needed to highlight the significance of the memo that David McIntosh just sent to Club for Growth’s billionaire donors. The Club for Growth has been furiously opposed to Donald Trump and the America First movement ever since 2016. That’s when they realized that President Trump was sincere about controlling the southern border, fair trade agreements, reciprocal tariffs, economic nationalism, and bringing America’s manufacturing sector back to the USA.
Club for Growth’s policy interests are the exact opposite of the America First agenda. While Club for Growth hails itself as a “conservative” group, it is indistinguishable from the policy beliefs of Gold Bar Bob Menendez or Linsdey Graham or Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times reports that in the memo that Club for Growth sent out, it laments the fact that it has spent $4 million in Iowa and $2 million in South Carolina—only to make Donald Trump’s support even stronger!
That money was spent on 40 television attack ads. The result?
“All attempts to undermine his [Trump’s] conservative credentials on specific issues were ineffective.”
LOL! I could have told them that for $3 million.
The memo continues:
“Even when you show video to Republican primary voters — with complete context — of President Trump saying something otherwise objectionable to primary voters, they find a way to rationalize and dismiss it.”
Poor Club for Growth! Didn’t you watch the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, when Hollywood has-been Alyssa Milano insisted that Trump controls his followers with ‘mind lasers?’ We can’t help it. We have to believe everything Trump says because of the mind lasers!
Or, it could be that the Club for Growth and the mainstream media has completely shot all their credibility with the Russia hoax, impeachment hoax number one, impeachment hoax number two, 91 indictments and endless fake accusations. That could be a factor in why we don’t believe anything that you creeps try to throw at President Trump.
“Every traditional postproduction ad attacking President Trump either backfired or produced no impact on his ballot support and favorability,” continued McIntosh. “This includes ads that primarily feature video of him saying liberal or stupid comments from his own mouth.”
We know that a lot of the times when Trump has said liberal or stupid stuff, it’s because he’s been tearing through a rally speech with no teleprompter, and he just makes honest mistakes. See how we just rationalized that? It’s because of the mind lasers!
They tried running a pandemic-themed attack ad against Trump. It caused Trump’s ballot support among Republicans to increase by four points, and net favorability by 11 points. McIntosh notes that this was the Club for Growth’s most promising attack ad against Trump. And it only made him more popular!
In a truly misguided effort, Club for Growth made a January 6th attack ad against Trump for provoking an insurrection and political violence. They had the ad narrated by beloved conservative figure LIZ CHENEY!!!
The New York Times reports, “The group found that the Cheney ad helped Mr. Trump with the Republican voters.”
Okay, now that is hilarious!
Club for Growth doesn’t say whether it will be abandoning its support for Ron DeSantis on his doomed mission of career suicide just yet. This may just be a warning to Club for Growth’s donors that it’s time to stop throwing money down a hole. One thing is clear, however—there is no effective strategy that they can throw against Donald Trump that will break the bond he has with American middle-class voters.