Donald Trump recently learned that someone doesn’t like him. He also learned that they have enough money to do something about it. Fredreka Schouten of USA Today reports that Marlene Ricketts, wife of billionaire J. Joe Ricketts, has donated $3 million dollars to Our Principles PAC, a super PAC dedicated primarily to taking down Trump with negative ads, voter guides, and mailers.
When Trump learned about the funds going directly against him, he went to straight to Twitter, as he is wont to do. He tweeted, “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!”
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
We’re not sure whether it’s true or not that the Ricketts family has a lot to hide. Probably; most billionaires, including Trump, do. Trump is likely just upset that there are people out there who both are not fans of him and are wealthy enough to actually use their money to try and stop him. Ricketts isn’t just trying to stop Trump, though. She’s also trying to ensure that another Republican candidate gets the nomination, instead. Last year she gave $10,000 each to super PACs backing Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz. She’s basically backing everyone but Trump.
The super PAC Ricketts has donated to is known for accusing Trump of not being a real Republican because of his past positions on universal healthcare, gun control, and abortion. They have released a series of videos dedicated to bashing Trump, known as The Trump Tapes.
While we are not exactly fans of any of Marlene Ricketts’ other candidates of choice, the old saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” seems applicable in this situation. We are glad that someone wants to take down Donald Trump, and we are glad that she is putting her money where her mouth is. Hopefully that money will do its job and cost Trump some votes, and hopefully the Republican nomination.
Watch one of Our Principles PAC’s ads below, courtesy of Our Principle PAC via YouTube.