Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who’s once again running for the Republican presidential nomination, appeared on Fox News Sunday to lay into Donald Trump, who’s currently leading in the Republican nomination polls. In a recent speech, Perry has called Trump’s candidacy a “cancer on conservatism that must be diagnosed, excised, and discarded.”
Perry was asked to explain why 20-percent of Republicans currently support Trump as president. Perry instead attacked Trump’s comment about John McCain not being a war hero.
“I say those issues he’s talked about we’ve been talking about for a long time, this is an individual who has extraordinary celebrity. But I’m not going to be quiet, Chris, when Donald Trump shoots a bullet through John McCain and hits veterans, particularly veterans who have been captured. I’ll challenge Donald Trump. You go tell Marcus Luttrell, who was captured by the Taliban, that he didn’t like being around people who had been captured. I think that was one of the low moments of this campaign from my perspective.
“And I’m not going to be quiet about that. I am going to clearly push back and I am going to push back hard. Because, I’ll tell you one thing, having worn the uniform of this country, I know what men and woman have gone through. I wrote a letter a week from 03′ through 2010 to men and women who have lost their life in the war on terror. I know what the cost of this war is and I am not going to let anybody belittle those individuals. I am going to stand with them and push back and I am going to push back hard.”
The Fox News host again asked Perry to explain what he meant by calling Trump a “cancer on conservatism.”
“Well when you think about that he’s for single payer, I mean, how can anyone who’s a conservative stand up and say, ‘I am for a single payer for healthcare.’ I mean that that is an epithet, from my perspective, of an individual who wants to have the banner of the Republican Party, the banner of conservatism. When you look back at the positions that he has held, it is not in concert with conservatism. And I think, regardless of whether he is a celebrity, and there are a lot of people following him today, I am going to stand up for conservatism.”
Watch a clip of Perry’s Fox News interview below.
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