Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz recently defended rival Donald Trump against the intraparty jabs he’s sustained since announcing his candidacy.
Senator Cruz said in an interview with Politico:
I would … note that an awful lot of Republicans, including other Republican candidates, have gone out of their way to smack Donald Trump with a stick. Now I think that’s just foolish.
After Mr. Trump’s successful rally in Phoenix, Senator John McCain called the thousands of Trump supporters “crazies.”
Senator Cruz remarked:
When you attack and vilify the people at that rally as crazies, it does nothing to help Republicans win in 2016.
Senator McCain’s comments triggered this response from Mr. Trump.
Trump: He’s not a war hero.
Mod: He’s a war hero.
Trump: He’s a war hero.
Mod: Five-and-a-half years…
Trump: He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured. Okay, I hate to tell you.
Senator Lindsey Graham attacked Mr. Trump for his comments about McCain’s war record.
Graham: And you’re slandering anybody and everybody to stay in the news. You know, run for president. But don’t be the world’s biggest jackass.
Similar to McCain, Trump responded with an even bigger stick
Trump: And he gave me his number. And I found the card. I wrote the number down, I don’t know if it’s the right number, let’s try it. 202…
Despite the attacks from the Republican Party, Trump’s poll numbers continue to surge
Chuck Todd Meet The Press clip
Todd: Where does the race stand right now? Donald Trump sticking right there with his 1 in 5 support. Nearly 1 in 4 now, of Republican voters. 23 percent.
Governor Mike Huckabee went on to share his concern that, upon the selection of his party’s presidential candidate, “that person is so bitterly wounded that it becomes quite easy for the Democrat to step over his bloodied carcass and take the victory.”
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