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Trump Lawyer Warns Republicans About Super PAC Attack Ads

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Trump Lawyer Warns Republicans About Super PAC Attack Ads

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign warned the Republican Party on Tuesday about donors pooling funds for attack ads, saying Republicans must treat him fairly if they want to keep him from launching an independent bid.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN that if Republican donors backing different presidential candidates come together for an anti-Trump advertising campaign, it would be a “bad, bad decision.”

The Super PAC planning the attack is New Day for America, which is supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential bid. Its spokesman, Matt David, said on Sunday that 10 new donors had pledged money since Thursday when Politico reported the group’s plans to attack Trump in New Hampshire.

Trump signed a pledge to run as a Republican in the 2016 presidential election, but Cohen indicated the agreement would be invalid if Republicans target the billionaire real estate mogul.

“If they treat him fairly, he will honor the pledge because he’s an honorable guy. If they break that agreement with him, as they say ‘woe be on them,'” Cohen told CNN.

The Republican National Committee said it had no role in Super PAC decisions and would remain neutral in the presidential nominating process.

“For any attorney to suggest the RNC can control how, or who supports or opposes particular candidates shows a basic misunderstanding of politics, free speech and the law,” RNC spokeswoman Allison Moore said in an email.Cohen dismissed that point and insisted RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has an obligation to see that Trump is treated fairly.

“If they don’t, this will be a very, very bad thing for the Republican Party,” Cohen said.

Trump is leading in polls of Republican primary voters both nationwide and in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. His numbers have risen despite criticism about his business record and backlash from his contentious statements about immigrants and Muslims, among other things.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Christian Plumb)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jay LaPrete

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14 Comments

  1. I of John November 25, 2015

    Funny, but it is very conceivable that the Donald knew full well that the GOP never plays fair and banked on that very thing. Perhaps this is his exit strategy for getting out of the race. Many seem to think he never intended to go this far.

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    1. Cloudherder November 25, 2015

      The more that Trump opens his mouth, the more and more I find him incredibly distasteful and ignorant. He is actually blackmailing the Republican Party not to have anybody campaign against him with any attack ads. That is the whole crux of this. He is one very scary dude that reminds me of a crime boss in the mafia.

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      1. I of John November 25, 2015

        Trump has a lot in common with “wise guys”. Many argue he works with them on occassion. Looks like the grand old party just invited a shark to their pool.

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        1. Cloudherder November 25, 2015

          If Satan himself (if I believed in a satan) put together a political party, it would be the current GOP. They contain every kind of odious type that is in our country, along with the ones that don’t know any better and “don’t pay attention to politics”.
          Unfortunately, the liberals/moderates contain the “my vote wouldn’t matter”, the “don’t pay attention to politics” and the “too busy to vote”. Of course the DCC couldn’t bother to tell people there was an election a few weeks ago, so ….
          Hopefully if Trump becomes the Repub choice (vomit sound), maybe it will get the liberals/moderates and disgusted conservatives off their whiny 1st world butts to vote in 2016.

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          1. I of John November 25, 2015

            I agree. I am not sure if the GOP could go any more vile (or evil). Getting people, especially young people, to vote is always frustrating. They have to pay attention n all.

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    2. @HawaiianTater November 25, 2015

      This is all a part of Trump’s master plan. He’s going to get the nomination or run third party but either way, he’s determined to keep the GOP out of the WH. Trump is a master strategist and his plan is working to perfection.

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  2. RED November 25, 2015

    It’s stunning how ignorant the Cons are, just stunning!!! I guess it shouldn’t be they have been the party of stupid for quite sometime. They have cultivated the stupidity, ignorance, and bigotry of the least informed and least educated and now this is harvest produced, full blown stupidity, ignorance & bigotry that echoes Natzi fascism. Not only does the complete ignorance of the Con party itself make me sad and angry but the fact that I live in a country populated by such large numbers of staggeringly ignorant people does as well.

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  3. opinioned1 November 25, 2015

    Please ~~ Please ~~~ Priebus tell this schmuck to take a hike..He has zero respect for anyone other than his sorry azzed self.

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  4. Dominick Vila November 25, 2015

    Message from Trump to the GOP: You either dance to my tune or I will crush you…and the rank and file loves it!

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    1. @HawaiianTater November 25, 2015

      Trump is either going to win the nomination and tank the election or will run third party and kill the GOP chances at winning. Either way, he guarantees no Republican gets anywhere near the WH. You starting to believe me now that Trump is a secret Democrat? lol

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  5. Karen Bille-Golden November 25, 2015

    Sounds like bribery to me…..of his own party no less. Can it get any worse? probably

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  6. bobnstuff November 25, 2015

    Trump attacks any and everyone. He’s good though in that he doesn’t pay for airtime. Now he is call foul because someone is attacking him. He was planning on this, he had no intentions of keeping his pledge. Trump is going to crash and burn in the primaries anyway. Running Anti Trump ads are a waste of money, they should run ads as a pro Trump group and keep pointing out what type of person he really is and what he stands for.

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  7. Thomas Martin November 25, 2015

    Trump, stuff your whole concept (if there is one) up your wazooo,

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  8. Böcker November 27, 2015

    Oh please run as a third party, signed the DNC

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