Is this the Twilight Zone or what? Donald Trump spent months attacking his Republican primary opponents, far more vehemently than he has attacked his Democrat general election rival and longtime friend, Hillary Clinton.
From “Low Energy Jeb” to “Little Marco” and comparing Dr. Ben Carson to a pedophile and child molester, Donald Trump showed us he was only getting started. He ramped up his scorched earth campaign when Texas Senator Ted Cruz began to rise in the polls.
Trump constantly referred to Ted Cruz as ‘Lyin’ Ted’ without any examples as to what precisely he lied about. It was a complete smear campaign because he knew his supporters would repeat it, thereby annihilating the character of a good man who has spent his career fighting for the Constitution. He even brought Cruz’s Christian faith into it when when he proclaimed, “Lyin’ Ted! He holds up the Bible and then he lies!”
As that attack grew to a fevered pitch, Trump then attacked and threatened Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and accused his father of being complicit in the assassination of JFK.
Fast forward to Sunday, August 21. Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway made a shocking claim on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Conway claimed that Trump “doesn’t throw personal insults.”
Say what? Yes, she actually uttered those words and lightning shockingly didn’t strike.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: You said he’s for the little guy but he’s actually built a lot of his businesses on the backs of little guys, completely transparent. Donald Trump’s tax returns aren’t. I’d like to see those be transparent. It’s vulgar. And do I want somebody who hurls personal insults or who goes and talks about philosophical differences? (END VIDEO CLIP)
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So what changed for you? And do you stand by those comments?
CONWAY: I do. And the reason is I don’t like when people hurl personal insults. That will never change. That’s not my style. I’m a mother of four shall children. And it would be a terrible example for me to feel otherwise —
STEPHANOPOULOS: You think Mr. Trump’s going to change on that?
CONWAY: Well, but he doesn’t hurl personal insults. In other words, he just this week, look what he talked about.
Looks like Conway has learned well from Trump how to spin an ugly reality of his own words to create a new reality.