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Donald Trump Attacks Chicago Cubs’ Ownership

GOP frontrunner goes after the Ricketts family for “secretly spending $ against me.” Maybe he’s actually a Cardinals fan?

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Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and family are the latest targets of Donald Trump's ire.

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Having just cleaned up in South Carolina, forced Jeb Bush to Charlie Brown Shuffle his way of the presidential race and made Westeros great again, Donald Trump has turned the full force of his perma-tanned fury toward another unlikely foe: The Chicago Cubs.

As if they haven’t suffered enough.

To be clear, Trump isn’t totally taking on the Cubbies, but rather, their owners, the Ricketts family, who bought a majority share of the team in 2009. Seems the Donald is furious that Marlene Ricketts, wife of billionaire J. Joe Ricketts, had contributed a reported $3 million to a super PAC that had been hammering the GOP frontrunner with negative ads ahead of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

“I hear the Rickets [sic] family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!” Trump presidentially threatened tweeted Monday.

According to USA Today, the group that received Ricketts’ money, Our Principles PAC, is run by Katie Packer, who helped manage Mitt Romney’s failed bid for the White House in 2012.

This isn’t the first time Trump has challenged a team owner, either. Just last month, after the New York Jets missed out on the playoffs with a Week 17 loss to former coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, he mocked New York owner – and Bush backer – Woody Johnson, crowing “If Woody would’ve been with me, he would’ve been in the playoffs, at least.”

Trump didn’t take a similar shot at the Ricketts or the Cubs – which seems like a smart move. After  the offseason they’ve had, the playoffs seem like a lock. It’s getting to the World Series that’s proved problematic.

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