That’s the problem that you have with Ted Cruz. He is a guy that nobody likes and nobody trusts, and he is a nasty guy. He says things that are very nasty. So I have to be nastier than him. It’s just one of those things.
I looked, folks. I cannot find a single thing that [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) has said about Donald Trump that anyone, anywhere could possibly call “nasty.” In fact, I couldn’t find anything that Ted Cruz has ever said about anyone that we might consider “nasty.” The one thing that Cruz said that people point to is the speech that Senator Cruz gave from the Senate floor when he argued that GOP Senate leader [score]Mitch McConnell[/score] had lied to conservatives about allowing a vote on ending the Export-Import Bank. This is admittedly a pretty harsh thing to say, but nasty? I don’t think so.
We have a system. The founders created the system that actually is a very good system. It does work, but it can’t work if you can get nobody to go along with you. That’s the problem that you have with Ted Cruz. He is a guy that nobody likes and nobody trusts, and he is a nasty guy. He says things that are very nasty. So I have to be nastier than him. It’s just one of those things.
Donald Trump seems to think that Cruz is a “nasty guy” because of the things that he says… but it wasn’t Cruz who implied that Carly Fiorina was ugly, it wasn’t Cruz who mocked a journalist’s disability, it wasn’t Cruz who called Rick Perry unintelligent, it wasn’t Cruz who said that [score]John McCain[/score] wasn’t a war hero because he was captured (and heroes don’t get captured), it wasn’t Cruz who called [score]Lindsey Graham[/score] an “idiot”, it wasn’t Cruz who called Dr. Ben Carson either a “violent criminal” or a “pathological liar,” and it wasn’t Cruz who called Glenn Beck a “whack job.”
I understand why people support Donald Trump. I just don’t understand why they pretend he’s being honest with his attacks.
In a recent interview on MSNBC, Mr. Trump calls Ted Cruz “a nasty guy” and “a liar.” Meanwhile, the harshest thing that Cruz is willing to say about Trump is that he’s got “New York values.”
It’s not just that Trump is willing to call Cruz “a liar” or say that he’s “nasty.” (Which all seem to be violations of Reagan’s 11th commandment. Something that Trump supporters hate to see happen when their candidate is attacked.) Mr. Trump also argues that he’s got a great relationship with some pretty questionable people. Namely, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.
BARNICLE: So Donald, instinctively, and you are a candidate of instinct, what is your instinct about who right now on the Democratic side of the aisle, who would you be able to deal with to cut a deal, any kind of a deal? What’s your instinct on that?
TRUMP: Well, I think that I’m going to be able to get along with Pelosi. I think I’m going to be able to — I’ve always had a good relationship with Nancy Pelosi. I’ve never had a problem. Reid will be gone. I always had a decent relationship with Reid, although lately, obviously, I haven’t been dealing with him so he’ll actually use my name as the ultimate — you know, as the ultimate of the billionaires in terms of, you know, people you don’t want.
But I always had a great relationship with Harry Reid. And frankly, if I weren’t running for office I would be able to deal with her or Reid or anybody. But I think I’d be able to get along very well with Nancy Pelosi and just about everybody.
Hey, look, I think I’ll be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways. It’s important that you get along. It’s wonderful to say you’re a maverick and you’re going to stand up and close up the country and all of the things, but you have to get somebody to go along with you.
I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest complaints about the GOP of the last 2 decades is that they’ve had too cozy of a relationship with the Democrats. So I’m not at all reassured by the idea that our next President might be good buddies with the same folks who have been destroying our country for the last 25 years (or more).
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