The conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth hit back at former President Donald Trump’s campaign promise not to touch entitlements, arguing in a newspaper page ad last week that Trump’s policies and rhetoric on Social Security mirror those of President Joe Biden, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump has taken the position that Republicans should not cut “a single penny” from Social Security or Medicare. But by turning Trump’s words against him, Club for Growth argues that not touching Social Security would result in benefits being cut by “20 percent or more.”
Multiple projections show both Social Security and Medicare are heading toward insolvency. In its ad, Club for Growth cited a study showing that if Congress does not reform entitlements, the programs will be unable to maintain full payments to recipients, triggering automatic cuts of around 23 percent.
The former president has also zeroed in on potential rival Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, claiming that DeSantis wants to slash the programs.
While in Congress, DeSantis backed several measures to reform entitlement programs to prevent insolvency, including adjusting Social Security’s cost of living increases and raising the retirement age.
But in March, DeSantis insisted that Republican lawmakers aren’t going to “mess” with Social Security.
Unsurprisingly, the former president was none too happy with the Club for Growth ad.
In a raging post on Truth Social late Sunday night, Trump accused the conservative group of being a “globalist, China hawking” group infiltrated by RINOs.
Trump claimed Club for Growth is beside itself now that it has given up on Ron DeSantis because he has “no personality or people skills.” He claimed Florida was a great state before he put DeSantis in the governor’s office, then claimed that “the semi-elite” Club for Growth wants to send DeSantis to Walter Reed “for an emergency personality transplant.”
However, nowhere in his post did Trump address what Club for Growth said about his position on Social Security.