Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are neck and neck now in the Iowa polls, which is probably the reason Trump has taken it upon himself to tear down Cruz’s character. His latest rant says that Cruz is “just saying lie after lie” regarding his previous record.
Right now, Trump is angry at Cruz because Cruz attacked a position change Trump recently made to get more voters on his side. It goes back to a news clip several years ago of Trump telling a reporter that he was pro-choice when it comes to abortion, but now that he’s running for the election, he says he’s pro-life and that he supports eminent domain.
Cruz recently made note of this switch in position and attacked Trump’s less-than-conservative views once again, and now Trump is on track for retaliation.
In addition, Trump is convinced that Cruz lacks the polished finesse of most candidates.
“He’s so nervous,” Trump said to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. “He’s such a mess. His polls have gone down like I’ve never seen polls go down before.”
Trump also noted the fact that Cruz was born in Canada so he probably won’t be allowed to run for president anyway. He also said that Cruz is looking for reasons to get back at Trump by making things up about Trump’s past business dealings.
“It’s not becoming,” Trump said. “He’s got a real problem.People realize he probably can’t even run for president.”
He then went on to quote several scholars who have said that Cruz won’t be able to run, but, of course, the answer isn’t as simple as that, and there’s more that goes into candidacy than just birthrights.
This tirade came immediately after news reporter Stephanopoulos asked Trump what prompted the change from being pro-choice to pro-life.
Trump simply responded, “I’m pro-life,” and he deflected the question by openly attacking Cruz over and over.
Cruz, on the other hand, says he is not going to engage in such a personal attack with Trump.
“My approach to Donald is the same before — that I will not engage in insults. I will not engage in personal attacks,” he said. “Donald has changed how he has approached me in that now he is insulting me every day and he can do that. That is his prerogative.”
During the phone interview with ABC News, Trump also took a moment to personally attack Megyn Kelly. He said he wasn’t sure yet if he planned to attend the presidential debate happening this Thursday because he knew Kelly would be there.
“I don’t think she’s professional at all,” Trump whined to the reporter. “She’s very biased against me. You can probably make that assumption, but I’m thinking about it (going to the debate).”
Trump’s blatant dislike of a single news reporter has raised some flags for both supporters and critics of Trump’s campaign.
One Fox News spokesperson addressed this, saying, “Sooner or later Donald Trump, even if he’s president, is going to have to learn that he doesn’t get to pick the journalists — we’re very surprised he’s willing to show that much fear about being questioned by Megyn Kelly.”
“Fear” is a good way to describe his relationship with Megyn Kelly because Trump knows that her probing questions, highly conservative views, and unwillingness to back down all contribute to a hard reporter who’s not to be messed with.
Donald Trump obviously feels very threatened by Cruz, among others, particularly after the polls have evened out so much in Iowa. The attacks on Ted Cruz will likely continue as the race to the Iowa caucus moves on.
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