Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump currently leads rival GOP candidates by a strong margin, but according to one rival, he may be in for some serious trouble once he gets the nomination.
During an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Texas Senator Ted Cruz claims that the media is trying to keep most controversial issues about Trump hidden from the public, and will only disclose it once he becomes the Republican nominee.
What Cruz wanted to imply was that the national media wants Trump to lose to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 7, 2016
Cruz, 45, went as far as to claim that the media “hopes” that the billionaire gets the GOP nomination.
“I can’t tell you how many media outlets I hear have this great expose on Donald, on different aspects of his business dealings, or his past, but they said, you know what, we’re going to hold it to June or July. We’re not going to run it now,” the senator told host John Dickerson.
In response, Dickerson asked Cruz if media outlets have told him that, and the candidate replied “absolutely,” and there’s “so much there.” However, he refused to name any of the media outlets he was talking about.
The Republican candidate also said that the media wants Donald Trump to win because he does not stand a chance against Hillary Clinton, whom they see as a stronger candidate for the presidency.
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Cruz also took a jab at Clinton, 68, saying that Trump is the only person in this world whom she can beat.
Cruz pointed out that Trump has refused to release information about his tax returns, and has continuously claimed that he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service for the past 12 years, which is pretty unusual.
When the billionaire and TV personality was questioned about it on Thursday, Trump said that the IRS is targeting him with yearly tax return audits because he is a “strong Christian.”
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On the other hand, the IRS replied that “audits of tax returns are based on the information contained on the taxpayer’s return and the underlying tax law — nothing else.”
The agency added that other factors, such as politics or religion, do not affect this information.
Cruz then criticized media reporters who have not looked deeper into the issue. On the other hand, they may have already researched about it, but decided against releasing it in public now.
“The fact that Donald won’t hand over his tax returns suggests there’s a bombshell in there,” he added.
The Texas senator, as well 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, also referred to an instance in which The New York Times editorial board interviewed Trump regarding his stance on some political issues. Unfortunately, the interview was neither aired nor published.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 3, 2016
Cruz said that he senses something fishy about the fact that reporters did not delve deeper into the content of the interview. He claims that all of these issues will begin to blow up and wreak havoc on Trump’s general election campaigns.
“We’re not interested in losing again, particularly when the stakes, I think, are catastrophic,” Cruz said.
As a proposed remedy, Ted Cruz, on Saturday called for the other GOP candidates to step down from the competition and allow him to beat Donald Trump.
As it turned out during Super Saturday, Cruz won in two states, particularly in Kansas where he got 48.2 percent of the votes, as opposed to Trump’s 23.3.
It’s been a good Super Saturday for Ted Cruz, having won two both Kansas and Maine. Follow along here for results https://t.co/CZgmlWRbFw
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) March 6, 2016
The senator claims that he is the only GOP candidate capable of beating Trump in a head-to-head battle. He believes that if they are the only candidates left in the race, anti-Trump Republican voters may be able to unite and prevent Trump from getting the nomination.
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