Tom Steyer’s relentless jabs at Donald Trump – and the millions of dollars the billionaire environmentalist is spending to help Democrats – may finally be ruffling the Republican presidential candidate.
Trump, rallying supporters Tuesday in Panama City, Fla, for the first time wrapped Steyer into his criticism of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, charging that she’s received millions from donors “who want to shut down American energy altogether.”
“Radical activists like Tom Steyer have promised to spend more than $70 million this election to get Clinton and Democrats like her elected,” Trump said in what is thought to be his first swipe at the former hedge-fund manager from San Francisco. “In return, Clinton wants to shut down energy production all across the united States. Wait until you see your energy bills.”
Steyer, a potential candidate for California governor in 2018, has spent months ramping up his critiques of Trump, including running Spanish-language ads on Univision and Telemundo incorporating video footage of the candidate calling Mexican immigrants rapists and promising deportation for those in the country illegally.
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Steyer responded to Trump late Tuesday, writing on Twitter that “when @realDonaldTrump doesn't like your energy policy, you know you’re doing something right.”
He later added: “I’m proud to stand with @HillaryClinton, who wants to make America a clean energy superpower.”
Through Monday, Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee Super PAC had reported $15.3 million in payments opposing Trump, plus another $300,000 supporting Clinton. It also has spent $100,000 on digital ads opposing Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.