The Republican presidential primary went even lower when Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having mob ties during an interview on Meet The Press.
So will you be happy if he just does summary pages? Will you be happy if he just does summary pages?
SEN. TED CRUZ:
Look, it would be a very positive step in the right direction. I would be thrilled, if he releases the whole thing, I’m happy to release everything. I’ve released, for five years, I’ve released everything. We just matched what the opponents did for the last four years. But the critical point, Chuck, as Mitt Romney observed, the fact that Donald seems terrified to release his taxes suggests that there’s a bombshell there.
And it’s natural to wonder, “Well, what is it that he’s hiding in his taxes?” Maybe it’s that Donald Trump doesn’t earn nearly as much as he has so loudly told everyone. Maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Who knows, maybe it’s the case that Mitt Romney is richer than Donald Trump. He can answer that by releasing his taxes. On the other hand, maybe it’s the case that he has given large sums of money to left-wing groups like Planned Parenthood.
You know, he praises Planned Parenthood in the debates over and over again. Maybe he’s been a big financial supporter of that. All of those questions Donald can put to rest. Or you know, maybe it is the case that Donald, there have been multiple media reports about Donald’s business dealings with the mob, with the mafia. Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported. Regardless of what the bombshell is–
Well, let me stop you. Wait a minute. Senator Cruz, let me stop you there. That’s openly speculative. Do you have any facts to support that Donald Trump has mob ties?
SEN. TED CRUZ:
Oh sure. ABC, CNN, multiple news reports have reported about his some dealings with, for example, S&A Construction, which was owned by “Fat Tony” Salerno, who is a mobster who is in jail. It is owned by two of the major New York crime families. And that has been reported in multiple media outlets. You know, you’re going to have Donald on the show later today, you ought to ask him, “Donald, have you written a check to Planned Parenthood? If so, how much and when?”
I mean, that’s the question that Donald ought to answer. We don’t know what it is that he’s hiding in those tax returns. But I can promise you this, if he’s the nominee come September, October, every day on the news will be about those tax returns, about whatever the bombshell is. And Republican primary voters deserve to know before the nomination, not after. Because you better believe Hillary Clinton and the media are going to go to town on it. And the primary voters should be able to vet all of us.
What we have learned about Donald Trump today is that he is totally cool with retweeting a Mussolini quote, because, “Mussolini is Mussolini… What Difference Does It Make?” Secondly, according to Ted Cruz, Trump has mob ties. It is important to point out that these are not attacks that are coming from Democrats. Trump is fine with spreading the words of a fascist dictator, and sitting United States Senator has accused the frontrunner for his party’s nomination of being connected to organized crime. The latest batch of insanity came two days after Marco Rubio accused Trump of wetting himself at the most recent Republican debate.
The Republican presidential primary has become a contest that is centered around personal insults and conspiracy theories. In other words, the GOP contest perfectly mirrors Donald Trump. The billionaire is not only winning a presidential nomination. He is destroying the Republican Party from within.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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