Lion of the Blogosphere

Donald Trump press release

Original is here, I copied it below in full:

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Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual. He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them. His statements are totally untrue and completely outrageous. It is hard to believe a person who proclaims to be a Christian could be so dishonest and lie so much.

Cruz said I would be appointing a liberal judge when in fact I will appoint a great conservative and I am the only candidate who has gone so far, at the debate, as to suggest two individuals I feel would best represent the conservative values we need to protect: William “Bill” Pryor Jr. and Diane Sykes.

Cruz says I am pro-choice, when in fact I am staunchly pro-life and have been for a long time. Like Ronald Reagan, on many issues, I have evolved.

Cruz says I am in favor of ObamaCare, when in fact I have spoken about repealing and replacing this disaster of a system at every speech throughout my campaign and since it’s inception. Meanwhile, Cruz was responsible for getting Bush to put in the judge that failed to vote against ObamaCare twice.

Cruz says I will try to take away your second amendment rights, when I am one of the strongest proponents of the right to bear arms and I say so in every speech that I have made for years. I am a proud member of the NRA and so are my sons.

Cruz has become unhinged and is lying with the hopes that his statements will go unchecked until after the election and he will save his failing campaign.

In Iowa, Cruz told thousands of Ben Carson voters that Dr. Carson had left the race and to instead vote for Ted Cruz. He apologized when the race was over. Likewise, his fraudulent voter violation form sent to Iowa voters. If Ted is going to continue to lie with such desperation, I have no choice but to fight back.

One of the ways I can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against him relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President. If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will do so immediately. Additionally, the RNC should intervene and if they don’t they are in default of their pledge to me.

I am the strongest on the borders and I will build a wall, and it will be a real wall. I am strongest on illegal immigration, strongest on ISIS, strongest on the military and I will take care of our Vets. I will end common core and preserve the second amendment. I will renegotiate our trade deals and bring our jobs back to our country. I am the only person who will Make America Great Again.

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Trump has “totally” brought the acrimony to a new level. I am sure that Cruz is not going to retract anything. I will be disappointed in Trump if he doesn’t follow through with a lawsuit.

The courts will have to figure out if he even has standing to sue (his argument is that he’s running against Cruz), and whether this is a “political question” outside of the authority of the federal courts.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. I can’t imagine any court would take up this case….unless Cruz won the nomination. Then they would be tripping all over themselves to declare the Republican nominee ineligible and have a smooth glide path for Queen Hillary.

    Mike Street Station

    February 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

  2. why is Trump going so hard at Cruz? To win over the Cruz hating establishment or is Trump just that unhinged?

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    • Scott Adams would say it’s to keep himself in the news so he gets more free publicity.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    • He’s going hard at Cruz to separate himself from the whole lot of the tiresome, unelectable and unpopular Repubs of the past 10 years. It’s a winning “instant enema” strategy that compresses the GOP’s necessary evolution into one year.


      February 15, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    • why is Trump going so hard at Cruz?

      Did you read it?

      Cruz is LYING!!! Why should Trump ignore it? Why is that “unhinged”?

      Where do you disagree on the points Trump is making?

      If you f**k with Trump he’s going to hit you back.


      February 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    • He wants to knock the Rubio – Kasich – Bush fight out of the news. Keeping it Trump vs Cruz works for him, and it forces the establishment candidates into an awkward position.


      February 15, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    • That post reeks of desparation and Trump just emptied his magazine into the jungle. Internal polls show Cruz 24 Trump 26. Trump f’d up big time by going semi-truther in the debate echoing the Democrat 9/11 “on his watch” talking point and the Bush lied/people died trope. This is McCain country. Retired military, bases, etc.

      To most Republicans that Trump sounds all too familiar — like a 2005 left-wing Democrat suffering from BDS (Bush derangement syndrome) rather than someone to be entrusted with the Supreme Court.

      Also SC may like a straight talking macho man, but in the last debate he sounded more like a classless NYC shiester thug, which of course he is.

      We’ll see. SC is much more like Iowa than NH and despite the polls, I’d bet even money that Cruz wins.



      February 15, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  3. Brilliant move by Trump to differentiate himself from the Bushes and Cruz.

    By it’s just kinda common sense, right? – doing the same thing (running retread, failed GOPe idiot candidates) and expecting different results is not wise.

    I’ve said it a million times – those who love W, Cruz, “the surge” or activist foreign policy will whine and moan in the primaries, but they will hold their nose and vote for Trump when faced with the specter of Bernillary – especially after their endless pandering to BLM. These standard GOPe Fox dogma lemmings will not stay home and Trump knows he can effectively take their eventual support for granted, while raising white turnout in previously weak areas.

    And it’s also a very good thing that Trump isn’t collecting a lot of endorsements from major national GOP figures yet. Let’s keep it that way as long as possible.


    February 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    • Regarding foreign policy: I’ve noticed that some Trump-supporters accuse others of supporting interventionism simply out of concern for Israel’s well-being, but I think it’s more often the reverse. Jew-haters oppose interventionism because Israel comes with the interventionist package. Meanwhile, interventionists believe in supporting all of the good guys such as Japan who have aggressive neighbors, containing Putin, etc. Of course trade with Israel comes with that.

      One thing I don’t understand about the hatred of Israel – unless the haters are truly monsters, which I hope not all of them are – is that Israel is the only way, without genocide, to get Jews out of their hair. They should really be pro-Israel and promote it as the solution to their Jewish problem. But they are gleeful about the possibility of Israel’s demise, after which they would continue to complain about Jews.


      February 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      • One of their chief intellectual gods is Patrick Buchanan, who has never apologized for his strident support for the American war in Vietnam.

        Now, if you want something that makes Iraq look like brilliant strategery (remember that?), I give you Vietnam. Buchanan was in favor of that abomination because South Vietnam was run by Vietnamese Catholic puppets – his tribe. But when it comes to the Middle East, all he can see is Jew, Jew Jew. In fact the US had to move into the Middle East because the British Navy used to secure the oil lanes in the Persian Gulf. We essentially pushed them out and took over. Saudi Arabic is an Aramco created puppet of the US.

        Read: Arabia, The Gulf and the West for the documentation.

        All the anti-Semites on the alt-right are monsters, not most. They are also cowards, crazy, and worthless. I can’t say enough bad things about them.


        February 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      • This is a response to gothamette’s statements about Pat Buchanan.

        Pat Buchanan was a Nixon man, so his main focus was to bring an end to the Vietnam War. It took too long, but it was LBJ, a Democrat, who really let the Vietnam War balloon out of control. Nixon, with Buchanan in tow, came to power with the mandate to end the war. Considering that South Vietnam fell not long after the United States left Vietnam, it doesn’t make sense to associate Buchanan closely with strident support of the Vietnam War.

        I’ve read a number of Buchanan’s books, and I recommend that gothamette and his other critics do so too in order to understand Buchanan properly. Buchanan isn’t obsessed with either Catholics or Jews.

        On top of that, Catholicism isn’t a tribal religion. It’s not possible to have a tribal religion with over a billion adherents, because tribalism can’t scale like that.


        February 16, 2016 at 3:32 am

      • @whatever,
        You are distorting the record on Buchanan. I just don’t have the time to correct you on all the particulars – I don’t get paid for this, but briefly, Buchanan wasn’t merely “a Nixon man” he was an eloquent spokesman for a brand of activst, reactionary Catholicism. It’s so dead now, people can hardly believe it ever existed.


        February 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

      • Buchanan’s support of the Vietnam War had absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism. He was a strident cold warrior and militant anti-communist who believed that the US and NATO were justified in employing aggressive military means to oppose communist expansion around the globe.

        Lewis Medlock

        February 16, 2016 at 10:37 am

    • Perty: You don’t understand Jew haters.

      First of all, most of them are in fact moral monsters. Not sure why you would find that hard to believe.

      2nd of all, 99% of them don’t really mind having the Jews “in their hair”. They are against Israel and they are against Israel because it is Jewish but they don’t really have a problem with Jews in American or other western nation’s politics. Witness their ambivalence to Bernie Sanders. Yes, I know they *claim* that they want Jews out of the west but isn’t really a big deal to them.

      As for the anti interventionism thing, there is a split: There are Trump, Palin and even Rand Paul types who are against intervening in the Middle East because they think it is stupid. Then there are anti-Israel people who are against America being in the middle east because *they themselves* are stupid. The 2nd group says that they are just opposed to the US knocking over Israeli’s enemies and the US giving Israel aid because they are morons who don’t see that the US disengaging from the region would just create a power vacuum in the region that would only make Israel stronger. Trust me, the same Stormfronter’s who are today against “wars for Israel” will be demanding US military action to save the Arabs 20 or 30 years from now.

      Bottom line, the overwhelming majority of the Americans don’t want the US involved over there. It isn’t anti semitism; its patriotism.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 15, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      • Your point about Sanders is interesting. I’m of course not claiming that being anti-interventionist is inherently anti-semitic (nor am I accusing Trump of being anti-semitic – I don’t believe he is).

        I don’t see how you arrived at the conclusion that that the vast majority of people are anti-interventionist due to patriotism just after concluding that they are split between Trump-types and those who are anti-Israel due to stupidity (patriotism but just a stupid kind?).

        More importantly, you left out a very large group of people in building your “vast majority,” which are those who believe in intervening on behalf of those we view as good and view as friends when they are threatened.


        February 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      • What I was trying to say is that Americans by and large don’t care about foreign policy and want nothing more than to avoid getting involved in messy wars that they don’t understand or care about.

        There are Stormfronters and Paleocons who are passionate about “anti interventionism” (i.e. being anti Israel) but they are politically powerless and essentially do not exist outside of the internet.

        I said the two types were split, but I didn’t say it was a 50 50 split. The anti interventionism of Trump and Palin is just “man on the street” style common sense and represents the beliefs of most people. The anti Israel crowd, as I stated above, is insignificant outside of the internet.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 16, 2016 at 12:09 am

      • So you mean that the vast majority of those who are anti-interventionist hold that position due to patriotism. I’m not sure whether you are also arguing that the vast majority of Americans are anti-interventionist. I think that many people believe that America should sometimes use its military to do good – for example, to deter China from becoming increasingly belligerent toward Japan, Korea, The Philippines and Taiwan; to obliterate North Korea some day to protect its neighbors from nuclear attack; to deter Russia from gradually absorbing its neighbors; and if necessary to help Israel neutralize a nuclear threat (although Israel can probably handle that on its own). And I think that a great majority at least support helping our allies arm themselves.


        February 16, 2016 at 12:58 am

      • Pert: I’m saying both. Most Americans don’t want the US getting in wars in the middle east, or anywhere for that matter. Maybe some light bombing occasionally but that’s it.

        Of the Americans who don’t want wars, 99.9+% of them are motivated by common sense, not any animosity towards Jews/Israel.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

  4. Extremely high energy press release.

    Sagi Is My Guru

    February 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    • Lol.

      Ironically, he’s the only candidate who has the capacity to truly care about PEOPLE.

      Compare Trumps passion to Rubio’s drivingly hollow/shallow “patriotism.”

      Trump cares about America. The rest just care about their power and resume they’ve been working on since 2nd grade.


      February 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  5. The seeding of the crowd at the republican debates has been the biggest under-explored story of the year. That and the DNC corruptly making sure Bernie loses are HUGE signs of how corrupt our political process has become.

    They are not even trying to pretend there is democracy anymore, or that your vote matters.

    This is an important development.


    February 15, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    • Hilarious- and entirely predictable- that the Democrats and not the “evil” republicans would be the ones to ultimately screw over the grassroots. Et tu, Wasserman-Schultz?

      Sagi Is My Guru

      February 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

  6. “I will be disappointed in Trump if he doesn’t follow through with a lawsuit.”

    Why? Don’t you want to see the party united? Trump can’t completely alienate Cruz’s supporters – he’ll need them later. Sometimes it seems as if Trump forgets that politics works differently than big business.

    “These standard GOPe Fox dogma lemmings will not stay home and Trump knows he can effectively take their eventual support for granted”

    Camlost, if there’s anything we’ve learned from this election year it’s that things are changing so fast we don’t know what the heck will happen next. Don’t be so sure that the old political rules apply and that most Republicans will accept anyone just to keep Hillary or Bernie from the presidency. If the Republicans are going to switch from being a conservative party to being a Nationalist party there are going to be consequences to this change. Some people may decide that they’d rather see the party lose an election than make a change like this permanent..

    Personally, I think Trump is nervous that the dynamic of the race has been altered in ways he can no longer control. So he’s trying to go nuclear – a strategy that will cement the voters’ view of him as a no-nonsense guy who doesn’t take crap from anyone, and (he hopes) will make him even more popular.


    February 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    • You are contradicting yourself. He needs Cruz supporters, but things are changing, we don’t know what’s happening next and the old political rules don’t apply.

      Trump is out to destroy your Republican party and he doesn’t need Cruz supporters, if he can get that huge swathe of white working class voters who sat on their butts in 2012.


      February 15, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      • I see your point. Yes, I WAS assuming that Trump was going to need most of Cruz’s supporters in November. Technically, he doesn’t really need them if he can win by replacing them with new voters or win the type of voters that rarely vote Republican in a presidential election. But it isn’t wise for Trump to alienate any potential supporters unnecessarily. Most Cruz supporters are ideologically close to what Trump claims are his own views. They are a better bet for support in November than blacks, Latinos, or these mythical “Reagan Democrat” whites who supposedly have stayed with the Democrats for years or have been sitting out elections for years.


        February 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      • Maryk,

        Cruz is a creation of the Trump candidacy. Cruz positioned himself along the lines of the Overton window that Trump shifted.


        February 16, 2016 at 12:22 am

    • Personally, I think Trump is nervous that the dynamic of the race has been altered in ways he can no longer control.

      You are delusional. Trump is rolling everyone and he knows it.

      Your boy Cruz should be nervous because he’s been found to been a liar and a snake like character that many people find off putting. I respect his intelligence and conservative views but the guy is irritatingly sneaky, dishonest and unlikable.


      February 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

  7. Trump should file the lawsuit. The best choice of jurisdiction would be Austin because a liberal state judge would love the opportunity to stick it to a Republican. (The DA in Austin’s county was the one who indicted Rick Perry for vetoing some funding for her office because she wouldn’t resign.)


    February 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    • Maybe so, but this would be in the federal district court. The case is basically meritless, but you have to imagine thr Donald has some magicians on retainer who could possibly give it legs. A win at the district court level, even if overturned immediately on appeal, would be a tremendous victory.

      Sagi Is My Guru

      February 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  8. It’s not just the issue of natural born citizen in play here. There is a fair amount of paperwork parents have to do to secure American citizenship when you’re born abroad and you qualify. And you apparently have until the child is aged 18 to do it. There is the possibility that this paperwork was never filed by Cruz’s parents. There’s the additional possibility that Cruz’s mother may have renounced her US citizenship to gain Canadian citizenship before Ted Cruz was born. This is serious stuff.

    Andrew E.

    February 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm

  9. Only the “I’m going to sue” part is flaky. The party nominating process is a private affair not covered by Constitution-based election laws. The party could legally nominate Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un if it so desired, although Kim would have difficulty passing the pro-life litmus test:

    Mark Caplan

    February 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    • Cruz not being eligible to run for president is a hell of an argument to use against him in the nomination process. Or do you mean that the court will rule he doesn’t have standing because he’s only running against him in a primary election.

      Lloyd Llewellyn

      February 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      • To get on the Republican ballot as a presidential candidate in South Carolina, the candidate must pay $40,000 and sign the “SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PARTY 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION STATEMENT OF INTENTION OF CANDIDACY.”

        In that statement, the candidate affirms “that I will qualify for the office if elected thereto, including, but not limited to, complying with any limitation prescribed by the Constitution of the United States.”

        I suppose the SC Republican Committee could sue the candidate if the committee believes the candidate committed fraud in affirming his Constitutional eligibility. It’s not clear to me that one of the other candidates has grounds to sue, since the alleged fraud would be against only the SC Republican Committee.

        Here’s a link to the entire statement:

        Mark Caplan

        February 15, 2016 at 11:42 pm

  10. The release made me laugh out loud. Vintage Don Trump.


    February 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm

  11. Trump is nuts. He’s still my second choice behind Cruz, because I think he’ll secure the border (as will Cruz). That’s all I care about. But what a baby.


    February 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    • Yeah Cruz might secure the border but Trump is the guy who read Anne Coulters book and built his campaign around The Wall. Why buy the Trump wannabe when you can just buy the original?


      February 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    • Cruz is unelectable. Lion has said so and I agree.


      February 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

  12. Unless he actually sues, this ‘I’m going to sue’ bit is going to grow tiresome.


    February 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

  13. I’ve long considered myself like Ann Coulter — a one issue voter on immigration — and I loathe the GOPe as much as anyone, but after seeing how much feces Trump flings at even those like Cruz and Carson who should be his allies and being reminded of what a two-face flake and conspiracy theorist he is, I really can’t trust him on immigration let alone anything else.

    I used to be 1st for Cruz and 2nd for Trump. Now I’m thinking that if Cruz is out of the running by the time it gets to my state that I’ll hold my nose, take some painkillers and vote for whoever has the best chance of beating Trump.


    February 16, 2016 at 12:53 am

    • They can only be his allies after he has defeated them. Until then they are opponents. That’s the way it always works – the rivals for the nomination fling poo at each other and then reconcile after the candidate is chosen.

      This process serves a useful purpose because there is no poo that a Republican can fling at a rival for the nomination that the Democrats will not fling after the candidate is chosen. If Cruz can’t withstand the poo from Trump, he will not be able to withstand it from Shrillary.


      February 16, 2016 at 7:18 am

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