UPDATE 2, 11 AM, Donald Trump campaign response:Donald Trump has responded to GOP rival Ted Cruz’s hail Mary attack on its candidate this morning in Indiana, caling him “a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign.”
“Over the last week I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections – in fact, coming in last place in all but one of them,” Trump said via his campaign. “Today’s ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be President of the United States.”
Updated at 9:30 AM with Donald Trump Jr. reax: Donald Trump is an “utterly amoral,” “pathological liar” who boasts about infidelity, builds giant buildings on which he puts his name because of a “yawning cavern of insecurity,” and uses the National Enquirer to “smear” political opponents, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said today, to the delight of cable news networks covering his newser.
After the bomb exploded, pundits picked navel lint over Cruz’s last-ditch effort to sway Indiana voters heading to the polls today – a state Cruz at one point had been expected to carry. Indiana is widely considered to be a last-stand for the #NeverTrump movement, and, when Cruz’s tirade was over, Trump surrogates told giddy news talent Cruz’s scorched-earth riff was a “sad” end to the candidate’s presidential bid. So far, Donald Trump is uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter since the dust settled, but Junior tweeted:
Here are some of Cruz’s highlights:
— “This morning, Donald Trump went on national television and attacks my father, alleges my dad was involved in assassinating JFK. This is nuts, this is just kooky. I guess I should just admit my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his back yard.”
— “Donald’s source for this is the National Enquirer, tabloid trash, run by his good friend David Pecker the CEO who has endorsed Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “The National Enquirer has become his hit piece he uses to smear anybody. The National Enquirer has become his hit piece he uses to smear anybody and everybody.”
— “I’m going to do something I haven’t done the entire campaign. I’m going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies; he lies with practically every word that comes out of his mouth.”
— “The man cannot tell the truth, but he combines it with being a narcissist, at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen.” Digging deep for the worst insult he could hurl at the GOP frontrunner, Cruz said, “Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and goes, ‘Dude, what’s your problem?’.”
— “The man is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him. It’s why he went after Heidi directly and smeared my wife. Apparently she’s not pretty enough for Trump.”
— “Donald is a bully. Bullies come from a deep, yawning cavern of insecurity. There’s a reason Donald builds giant buildings and puts his name on them everywhere he goes,” Cruz added, metaphorically.
— “Donald is lying to his supporters. Donald will betray his supporters on every issue. If you care about immigration, Donald is laughing at you, and he’s telling the moneyed elites don’t believe what he’s saying that he’s not going to build a wall — that’s what he told the New York Times. He will betray you on every issue across the board.”
— “The President of the United States affects our culture. I ask people of Indiana, think about the next five years…Think about your kids emulating this.”
— “Donald Trump is a serial philanderer. And he boasts about it. Think about your teenage kids. The President of the United States talks bout how great it is to commit adultery…describes his battles with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam. That’s a quote, by the way, on the Howard Stern show.”
“The entire country is depending on you…It is only Indiana that can pull us back. We are staring at the abyss and I have incredible faith in Hoosiers.”