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Trump Camp Wants Club for Growth Attack Ads Pulled

Trump, a bully in the eyes of some of his rivals, says he is the one being bullied this time. (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

A week after the conservative Club for Growth launched a $1 million ad buy in Iowa slamming Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s conservative credentials, the Republican front-runner fired back Tuesday.  

In a scathing letter, Trump’s general counsel Alan Garten called the 16-year-old conservative organization a “pitiful little group,” said it “shamelessly attempted to extort Mr. Trump to the tune of $1 million” in exchange for its endorsement, and demanded that it remove its two ads from the air. The episode pits the Club for Growth, a group that typically supports candidates who are a thorn in the establishment’s side, against Trump, one of the greatest thorns the Republican Party’s establishment has felt. It’s also placed a politician who has been referred to as a bully – from derogatory comments about women such as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, entertainer Rosie O’Donnell and Republican presidential opponent Carly Fiorina, to remarks about Republican Sen. John McCain’s heroism in the military – in the position where he claims he is the one being bullied.