Following an interview in which Donald Trump surmised that his political movement is bigger than the one that gave conservative Ronald Reagan two massive landslide presidential victories over Democrats, Ted Cruz grabbed the opportunity to say that not only is Donald Trump not the next Ronald Reagan, he is in no way comparable to him.
“I think that the closest thing I can think of is Reagan, but I don’t think it’s the intensity that we have,” Trump told Bloomberg Politics “With All Due Respect.” “Now, Reagan had a little bit of this, but I don’t think to the same extent,” Trump argued.
On Monday, Ted Cruz, took issue with Trump’s Reagan comparison, pointing out that Ronald Reagan didn’t spend the first 60 years of his life supporting and donating to Democrat politicians, including the most liberal ones, and pushing for big government, as Trump did.
The Washington Examiner captured Ted Cruz’s comments on Monday in New Hampshire:
“Donald did an interview where he described that he thinks that he’s bigger than Ronald Reagan — I think the American people will make that determination,” Cruz told reporters ahead of his second campaign stop of the day.
“I would note that Ronald Reagan spent decades as a principled conservative, spent decades traveling the country sharing his conservative, free-market views [and] defending the Constitution,” Cruz continued. “Ronald Reagan did not spend the first 60 years of his life supporting Democratic politicians, advocating for big government politics, supporting things like the big bank bailouts, supporting things like expanding Obamacare to turn it into socialized medicine.”
“That’s not what Ronald Reagan did,” the Texas senator noted. “Ronald Reagan was a voice of consistency and I’m pretty sure that Ronald Reagan didn’t write checks and support Democratic politicians like Andrew Cuomo, like Anthony Weiner, like Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps most damaging to Trump, Cruz reminded the reporters that as recently as the massive Tea Party electoral wave of 2010, Trump was writing checks to leftist progressive Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is despised by any real Republican or conservative.
“I’m pretty sure that Ronald Reagan didn’t write a huge check to Rahm Emanuel in December 2010 — after, by the way, the big Tea Party wave,” Cruz said.
Cruz also took a shot at Trump using Twitter as a character assassination tool against anyone who challenges him.
“I disagree with Donald,” Cruz said. “We need a leader who is prepared to do what is ever needed to keep this country safe and that typically doesn’t include spending your time on Twitter.”