Trump on casino magnate and GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson:
“Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!” — from a tweet on Oct. 13, 2015
Trump is now billionaire besties with Adelson.
Adelson never did intervene in the Republican presidential primary — in contrast with his tack in 2012, when he backed Newt Gingrich, and then Mitt Romney, with tens of millions of dollars.
Rubio’s Adelson windfall never materialized, and the junior U.S. senator from Florida quit the race after Trump thumped him in his home state’s primary.
Trump’s pursuit of Adelson’s money began just weeks after accusing Adelson of being Rubio’s puppeteer.
Adelson confirmed he met with Trump in December, telling Reuters’ Farah Master he found the fellow billionaire “charming.”
By February, Adelson signaled to colleagues that he was open to supporting Trump, even if he wasn’t yet ready to endorse him.
And in early May, as the White House hopes of Cruz and Kasich finally flamed out, Trump and Adelson met again.
On May 13, the New York Times reported that Adelson said he’s willing to contribute more than $100 million to boost Trump’s candidacy.
“An incredible honor to receive the endorsement of a person I have such tremendous respect for. Thank you, Sheldon!” Trump tweeted that day.
Trump on super PACs:
“This whole Super PAC scam is very unfair to a person like me who has disavowed all PAC's & is self-funding.” —from a tweet on Oct. 26, 2015
“All Presidential candidates should immediately disavow their Super PAC’s. They're not only breaking the spirit of the law but the law itself” — from a tweet on Oct. 26, 2015
“I see Marco Rubio just landed another billionaire to give big money to his Superpac, which are total scams. Marco must address him as ‘SIR’!” — from a tweet Oct. 30, 2015
“They’re in total cahoots with their [super] PACs, which they’re not allowed to be. They’re all in total cahoots. They put their friends in there. One good thing about me: I’m not.” — to the Washington Post in October 2015, regarding other presidential candidates
“PACs are a horrible thing.” — interview with CNN on Jan. 17, 2016
“These Super PACs are a disaster by the way, folks, very corrupt. It’s going to lead to a lot of disasters … There is total control of the candidates. I know it better than anybody that probably ever lived … I know the system far better than anybody else, and I know the system is broken. I’m the only one up here that’s going to be able to fix that system because that system is wrong.” — at a Republican presidential debate on March 10, 2016
Trump has effectively embraced these “total scams,” squelching his criticism of them.
Most notable is super PAC Rebuilding America Now, which formed June 2.