Ted Cruz appeared — literally appeared — on the Glenn Beck Radio Program on Monday, recorded live from Beck’s home in Texas, and discussed the thuggish mob-like tactics, including Trump goons threatening to give out the home addresses of pro-Cruz delegates as well as plans to harass Cruz delegates at the GOP convention in July by distributing hotel room numbers of delegates.
“You know Glenn, I’m very troubled by this,” a disgusted Ted Cruz told Beck in a serious tone about the Trump bully tactics. “Donald Trump now has a consistent pattern of inciting violence — of Donald and his henchmen pushing for violence,” he charged.
As evidence to back up his claim, Cruz recalled the times Trump called for violence at campaign rallies, including Trump himself telling his crowds to punch protesters in the face.
“No politician has the right to threaten violence against American citizens. Even lefty numbskulls are American citizens and you don’t threaten violence against them,” Cruz asserted.
“You know, you look at Roger Stone, one of Trump’s key henchmen…Roger Stone is threatening in Cleveland to put out the hotel rooms of any delegate that dares cross Donald Trump. That is the tactic of union thugs; that is violence; it is oppressive. The idea that Donald is threatening delegates — we’re seeing this idea over and over and over again.”
Cruz slammed the Trump accusation that the election was somehow stolen from Republican voters in Colorado, a state where Cruz swept all 34 delegates over the weekend.
“We just had an election in Colorado. In fact, we had eight elections in Colorado — seven in each of the congressional districts and then a statewide election — 65,000 people voted.
And yet, Donald Trump’s campaign put out publicly — his supporters — the phone number of the state [Republican Party] chairman — he’s received over 3,000 calls and death threats.”
Ted Cruz then compared Trump to fictional mob character Michael Corleone from the blockbuster Godfather movies, noting that, “Donald has had some very shady business deals with people who are currently in prison — mobsters.”
Cruz may have been referring to S&A Concrete Co., which built several of his buildings and is reportedly owned by “Fat” Tony Salerno, the mob-boss of the New York-based Genovese crime family, an underreported relationship that the Democrats would have a field day with in a general election against the bloviating billionaire and reality TV host.
Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, according to the New York Times, “rose from running numbers in East Harlem to rigging construction bids on Manhattan skyscrapers,” and died in prison in 1992 after entering the prison system in 1989. Salerno was serving 100-year and 70-year sentences on separate federal racketeering convictions and died in prison at age 80.
Cruz said that the presidency is not the mafia and condemned the New York real estate tycoon for hiring shady characters.
“It is wrong for a presidential candidate, or for his henchmen… you know, Donald keeps hiring people with records of dirty tricks, of lies, and of threats to violence,” Cruz told Glenn Beck.
“We have an opportunity right now to unite this country, to bring this country together, to defeat Hillary Clinton and to turn the country around,” Cruz concluded.