Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer will spend an additional $10 million on ads calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump after his first $10 million ad buy enraged the president and sent him into a Twitter tantrum, CNN reports.
Steyer spent $10 million on ads calling for Trump’s impeachment that were even run, briefly, on Fox News.
“He’s brought us to the brink of nuclear war,” Steyer says in the ad. “Accused of obstructing justice at the FBI and violating the constitution by taking money from foreign governments and threatening to shut down news organizations that report the truth.”
“A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less. If that isn’t a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president then what has our government become?” he asks. “People in Congress and his own administration know that this president is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons. And they do nothing.”
The ad enraged Trump, who ranted on Twitter, “Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!”
“You’re right about one thing, Mr. Trump. I have been fighting your racism and corporate groveling from the beginning—and always will,” Steyer replied. “Americans deserve much better.”
Now Steyer is putting his money where his mouth is again, this time taking direct aim at Trump’s disastrous proposed tax cuts for the rich.
In an ad filmed on Steyer’s California ranch, the billionaire says Trump’s tax plan “is really for the wealthy and big corporations while hurting the middle class.”
Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, recalled the 2008 economic collapse.
“It turned out that the system that had benefited people like me, who are well off, was in fact stacked against everyone else. It’s why I left my investment firm and resolved to use my savings for the public good,” Steyer says in the ad.
“But here we are, nine years later, and this President and a Republican Congress are making a bad situation even worse,” he says.
“They won’t tell you that their so-called tax reform plan is really for the wealthy and big corporations while hurting the middle class. It blows up the deficit, and that means fewer investments in education, health care and job creation,” he adds. “It’s up to all of us to stand up to this President, not just for impeachable offenses, but also to demand a country where everyone has a real chance to succeed.”
Steyer, who also donates millions to candidates, appears to have gotten some Democratic lawmakers on his side as well.
On Wednesday, Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, along with Martha Fudge of Ohio, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas, John Yarmuth of Kentucky, and Adriano Espaillat of New York, announced they will introduce five articles of impeachment accusing Trump of obstruction of justice, violations of the foreign and domestic emoluments clause, undermining the federal judiciary, and undermining the First Amendment.