Donald Trump campaigned Tuesday night in the red state of Texas, the very state where his favorite whipping boy during the primary, Ted Cruz, represents as a U.S. Senator.
Trump, who his new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway proclaimed does not hurl personal insults, couldn’t help but take a backhanded stab at Cruz, attempting to stoke a fire between Cruz and Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history who endorsed Cruz in the primary.
The Republican establishment has let it be known that they intend to primary Senator Cruz in 2018 for daring to encourage people, during his speech at the Republican National Convention, to vote their conscience rather than outright endorsing Donald Trump. One name that has been mentioned as a potential primary opponent is Rick Perry. While Perry has not said whether he will primary his friend, Cruz, that didn’t stop Trump from weighing in.
Trump: “I’ll tell you what. I’ve been hearing a lot about that and I don’t know if he wants to do it [audience member in background: “Senate”] but boy will he do well. People love him in Texas [audience member in background: “Senate”] and he was one great Governor. [Inaudible] I don’t know what he’s going to do. If he’s got an announcement…then it will blow Trump away, they’ll say Trump was also there, right…headline. But I don’t know what he’s going to do but you are one popular guy all over, but in Texas in particular. [Inaudible].”
Of course, this should come as no surprise. After all, Trump and his children did proclaim that the party was never more unified than when Ted Cruz was booed, at the behest of Trump officials, at the RNC as they were bragging about Trump uniting the party.
It looks like Trump’s hatred and disdain for Ted Cruz is strong enough for him to forgive Rick Perry for calling him “a cancer on conservatism.”
h/t The Right Scoop