Presumptive President-Elect Donald Trump has carved out two very real boogeymen in his performance art piece-cum-presidential campaign; illegal immigrants and hedge fund mangers.
But since this is The Donald, a man who is probably the greatest abstract rhetorical pugilist of his generation, it was only a matter of time before he crossed the streams of his two favorite themes and used them to attack someone he decides to perceive as an enemy.
Knock knock, Elliott Management CEO (and scourge of Argentina) Paul Singer, for your moment of Trump is upon you.
At a Tuesday news conference, Trump declared ominously that there’s a “lotta controversy with Mr. Singer” and suggested “There are those people who probably wouldn’t have wanted him to back, but we’ll see.”
In other appearances this week, Trump predicted that Singer’s backing could hurt Rubio, given the billionaire’s support for a 2013 immigration reform effort championed by Rubio that some Republican activists still hold against him.
“This man Singer that put up money? He’s big on amnesty, he’s big on illegal immigration, Trump said Wednesday at a rally in Concord, New Hampshire, where he had filed papers to appear on the ballot for the state’s first-in-the-nation primary. “Paul Singer. Take a look at what he represents. And he represents other things, beside. Paul Singer represents amnesty and he represents illegal immigration pouring into the country. And now he’s with Rubio,” added Trump, whose top campaign issue is stopping illegal immigration and deporting undocumented immigrants.
But why is Trump suddenly pretending that Singer is spending his weekends down on the border running a secret Coyotaje ring?
Because Hell hath no fury like a Donald scorned.
Back in March, when Trump was still publicly toying with running for president, Kushner reached out to one of Singer’s representatives to try to broker a meeting between the representative and Trump, according to a source familiar with the interaction. Kushner indicated that Trump was laying the groundwork for a campaign and suggested Singer’s representative might want to hear about the plans, according to the source.
The entreaties, which did not result in a meeting, came after Kushner attended a March event at Singer’s office at which the billionaire and other donors had the chance to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was then exploring a presidential campaign of his own.
But a few days after Singer declared his support for Rubio on Friday, Trump went on the attack.
So get ready to hear your name used in a Trump paper tiger campaign speech, hedge fund managers who have been approached by Trump about supporting his campaign but have decided to "go another way," because Donald Trump likes to talk sh!t or play golf, and he's a little too busy to play golf.
Don't say we didn't warn you, Anthony Scaramucci.
Trump courted mega-donors he now scorns [Politico]