Good day Austin:
I’ve thought for a while that if the Donald Trump presidential campaign were an HBO series it could be modeled on the Sopranos, with the famously imperious star secretly revealing his insecurities to his female shrink, though maybe instead of Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Melfi it would be Kim Kardashian as Dr. Selfi.
Apparently, Ted Cruz has had much the same thought, and, yesterday, on Glenn Beck’s show, he put Trump – that’s Mr. Trump to you – on the couch and psychoanalyzed him as an emotional infant, a narcissist, a misogynist, a bully and altogether the psychological and political – and maybe even actual – equivalent of a mobster.
Here are some excerpts:
Look this is very simple. Donald is a very sore loser. He doesn’t handle losing well and he throws a fit. He is crying and screaming and yelling. And he insults people and he curses at people and he attacks people and he behaves, as Anderson Cooper pointed out, like a five-year-old.
And the simple reality is that in the last three weeks there have been eleven elections in four states across the country, and we have beaten Donald in all eleven elections. Donald is panicking. He is scared. You know he loves to call people a loser. Donald wakes up at night in cold sweats that people will call him Losing Donald.
There’s your 2016 unity ticket – Losing Donald and Lyin’ Ted.
He can’t handle it. He’s scared. His response is just to whine and cry and complain.
Or Whining Donald and Lyin’ Ted.
He’s willing to say things that he knows are false and he’s willing to say things regardless of he consequences.
Or Lyin’ Donald and Lyin’ Ted. That’s the ticket that could work seamlessly with a Senate majority leader who Cruz has characterized as Lyin’ Mitch McConnell. Has anyone referred to the House Speaker as Lyin’ Paul Ryan? I don’t know, but it sounds great.
Back to Cruz on Beck.
I can’t imagine Donald listening to anybody. I’ve yet to see him listen to anybody in any context ever. Donald is about Donald and, unfortunately, what he’s wiling to say and what he’s willing to do does real damage to the country.
Beck wondered, as I have, whether Trump got into the race without seriously thinking that he would be a contender, and that helps explain the lack of campaign infrastructure or serious forethought about the nitty gritty logistics of securing the actual delegates who will be filling the delegate slots – including Trump delegate slots – in Cleveland.
I think there’s a real chance this was a lark – `Let’s get publicity, let’s have some fun,’ and he’s as surprised as anybody.”
The last few weeks, in North Dakota, Colorado and elsewhere, the Cruz crew has been picking the Trump campaign’s pockets, cleaning their clock, out-smarting and out-organizing them, taking advantage of party rules as written.
It has left me worrying that Trump could arrive in Cleveland looking like Time Square’s Naked Cowboy.
Moving further onto Soprano’s terrain. here’s Cruz on Trump and mob violence.
You know Glenn, I’m very troubled by this. Donald Trump now has a consistent pattern of inciting violence, of Donald and his henchman pushing for violence.
You know, go back to his rallies when a protester shows up and Donald tells his supporters, `Punch the protester in the face.’
Look I have protesters. When protesters show up at my events, I’ll actually engage them. If they are disruptive, they are removed. But no politician has a right to threaten violence against American citizens, even lefty numbskulls are American citizens, and you don’t threaten violence against them.
You look at Roger Stone, one of Trump’s key henchmen. Roger Stone is threatening in Cleveland to put out the hotel rooms of any delegates that dare cross Donald Trump. That is the tactic of union thugs. That is violence. It is oppressive. The idea that Donald is threatening delegates we’re seeing this pattern over and over again.
And the example you just gave may be the most troubling. We just had an election in Colorado. We actually had eight elections – seven in each congressional district and then a statewide election – 65,000 people voted and yet, Donald Trump’s campaign put out publicly, to his supporters, the phone number of the chairman. He’s received over 3,000 calls and death threats.
Donald needs to stop threatening the voters. He needs to stop threatening the delegates. He is not a mobster.
Donald needs to understand he’s not Michael Corleone. I understand Donald has had some very shady business deals with people who are currently in prison… but the presidency should not be La Cosa Nostra
That’s a little bit sneaky, suggesting, merely as an aside, that Trump may not just be an emotional mobster, but the real deal, or, at any rate, mobbed up.
And why describe this as the “tactic of union thugs.”
What do unions have to do with this? Why that imagery?
Beck’s The Blaze liked it.
This is how they headlined Cruz’s appearance yesterday.
It seems to me it’s all part of the Cruz attack on New York (and New Jersey) values – union contracts, raising the minimum wage, union rules, no-bid contracts, no-show jobs, Vito Spadafore, Jimmy Hoffa buried at Giants Stadium, Chris Christie, bridge closings, corrupt New York politicians, Elliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, lewd tweets, sexist retweets, Trump Tower, Atlantic City, Fat Tony Salerno, Tony Soprano. La Cosa Nostra. Roger Stone. Roger Stone. Roger Stone.
If Donald Trump is Tony Soprano, Roger Stone is Sil, Christopher and Hesh all rolled into one.
Here is the Roger Stone interview with Stefan Molyneux – “founder and host of Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophical show in the world” – from which the threat against delegates in Cleveland emanated.
Stone says the remarks have been taken out of context and were not intended to incite violence, no matter how menacing the look on his face.
From the Stone Zone this morning.
When I called for Trump supporters to button-hole so-called Trojan Horse Trump delegates http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/20/donald-trump-must-beware-of-the-trojan-horse-delagates/ in their convention hotels and engage in a dialog with them last week, all hell broke loose.
CNN and Megyn Kelly both took my comments out of context to imply I was calling for violence in Cleveland. As a veteran of the 1968 Nixon campaign I remember vividly how violence destroyed the campaign of Hubert Humphrey. The Soros backed professional agitators expected to descend on Cleveland will be trying to incite violence must be ignored by Trump supporters at all costs . Violence would be counter productive to Trump’s general election drive.
If either CNN or Ms. Kelly had played my entire interview rather than selectively editing it, or any one of the interviews I did they day, they would know I specifically renounced violence while urging an intense “dialog “to press those delegates who were elected as Trump delegates but were inserted as quislings by the party bosses not to betray Trump on a second ballot
These “Trump” delegates give the anti-Trump forces a majority on questions of rules , credentials and platform all of which must be ratified or rejected by the full convention before the First ballot for President . This is where the big steal will take place.
The big steal happens even if Donald Trump hits the magic 1237 ! In the meantime the Cruz forces seek to chisel delegates from Trump in states Trump won in primaries, which we see happening in Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado and elsewhere.
The fix is in. The same insiders who have nearly destroyed the Republican Party are at it again, plotting in a back room deal to block Donald Trump’s nomination as the GOP candidate for president. Donald Trump has played by the rules and he’s winning big, fair and square. This lobbyist-led plot was concocted by the donor class and others who have bought and paid for the allegiance of the dishonest brokers of the Republican Party.
The Bushs, Mitt Romney, Paul Singer, the Ricketts and Zuckerberg are driving the train for the Lobbyist/Insider Class committed to stopping Trump, led by my old partner Charlie Black , as shrewd and skilled a political operative as exists today .
Donald has wisely turned his delegate operation and drive for the nomination to another ex-partner of mine at Black, Manafort and Stone, Paul J. Manafort, Jr. He is a convention strategist in the league of Republican legends F. Clifton White, Bill Timmons and David R. Jones.
We at Stop the Steal , http://stopthesteal.org/ , the grassroots uprising and March on Cleveland , will ask every Trump delegate to the Republican convention to sign a pledge that “they will remain committed to vote for the winner of the primary or caucus as chosen by the voters . (Donald J. Trump )” through the entire balloting process . In other words respect the will of the voters.
This will be a voluntary pledge. The Voters will know whom they can trust – and who will play along with the insiders’ attempt to steal the nomination from Donald Trump.The media will know too. Then these “Trojan Horses” explain why our votes don’t matter.
Beck asked Cruz whether he thought delegates would be intimidated by Trump and Stone.
I think the people who run for delegate are patriots. They are people who love this country. They are people who are scared for their kids and grandkids and the important thing to understand is that Donald is not strong.
Donald is weak. Bullies by their nature are weak. Donald loves attacking women because I guess it makes him feel strong to attack women.
When he began attacking my wife. I think it made hims feel strong. The good thing is Heidi is not bothered. She’s been in the business world a long time and this bellowing bully, Heidi just laughs him off and he doesn’t know what to do.
He was born into great wealth and privilege. His father was a real estate baron.
At every stage, Donald, he told a joke, every one in the room laughed, whether it was funny, you had to laugh.
And then there’s New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who endorsed Trump after bowing out of the race, to assume a role that I likened to Ed McMahon to Trump’s Johnny Carson – timely guffaws and how cold was its?
Look at the humiliation he inflicts on people like Chris Christie. Chris Christie is a good man. I like Chris Christie. Christie right now is trapped in his own private hell. When Chris was standing behind Donald holding his jacket the look in his eyes, you could see the screaming.
You know what actually gets me is the servility of Chris forced to call Donald ‘Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump.’ You notice everyone once they get sucked into that orbit they have to call him ‘Mr. Trump.’
Chris Christie is the governor of New York (sic). Chris Christie called him Donald until the day Donald commanded, `You may no longer call me Donald. Nobody calls me Donald.’
Cruz, on where things go from here:
The odds are now very high that we go to a contested convention. It is almost impossible for Donald to get to 1237 delegates. You know, the fact that he has now lost 11 elections in a row in the last three weeks, these three weeks have determined that Donald can’t get to 1237.
When we get to a contested convention, here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to have a ton of delegates. Donald is going to have a ton of delegates. And it’s going to be a battle then to see who can earn a majority.
I believe we will have an enormous advantage. One of the ways to understand is the simple question: Where do the Rubio and Kasich delegates go? I think they naturally come to us. They’re not going to go to Donald, particularly when he’s threatening violence and abusing the system. And the amazing thing, you know, there’s a lot of focus on our ground game, and I’m proud of the job our team has done organizing, but it’s important to understand, our staffers couldn’t do this if there was not a grassroots tsunami.
Donald’s whole pitch is he’s a great businessman and yet his campaign right now, it appears he can’t run a lemonade stand.
You ever watch his T.V. show, ‘The Apprentice? I watched it a few times, it was kind of fun. He would bring in apprentices they would get a job and if they did it badly he was withering.
I’ll tell you this, if Donald was an apprentice on his show looking at their inability to even show up and win elections, Donald would say to himself, ‘you’re fired.’
As for Roger Stone – a long-time Trump confidante who parted company with the presidential campaign (Trump says he fired him; Stone says he left) last summer – he looms very large in Cruz’s view of Trump and every nefarious maneuver by his rival.
Cruz blamed Stone for planting a negative story – which landed with a thud – in the National Enquirer, and for Matt Drudge’s heavy-handed, pro-Trump, anti-Cruz leanings.
From World Tribune:
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said in a radio interview on April 11 that the Drudge Report has “become the attack site for the Donald Trump campaign.”
In an interview on The Mike Slater Show on KFMB 760 AM in California, host Mike Slater asked Cruz: “What do you think of Drudge Report lately? Not even about Trump, but their anti-Christian headlines?”
“Look, Drudge Report over the years has done a good job highlighting the excesses of the left and the excesses of liberalism, and about the past month the Drudge Report has basically become the attack site for the Donald Trump campaign.
“And so every day they have the latest Trump attack. They’re directed at me. It — by all appearances, Roger Stone now decides what’s on Drudge, and most days they have a six-month-old article that is some attack on me, and it’s — whatever the Trump campaign is pushing that day will be the banner headline on Drudge.
“By the way, they no longer cover news. Remember they used to have things like election results? They don’t put those on Drudge anymore. When we win a state, suddenly the state doesn’t matter. You know Colorado — there was no red siren on Drudge when we won all 34 delegates in Colorado. That wasn’t news, because — I mean listen, that’s fine. If people want to get on the Trump train, they can. I actually think we need real and meaningful solutions to the problems in this country, and as president my focus is going to be on three things: jobs, freedom and security.”
With his ability to get into other people’s heads, I don’t think it’s lost on Cruz that seeing Roger Stone’s hand in every attack on him is not going to hurt Stone’s feelings.
Meanwhile, Trump had a very good night on CNN last night because of a Town Hall that featured his family, mostly because, for most of the show he entirely surrendered the spotlight to them as they described a remarkably mentally healthy father and husband.
But the Town Hall opened up with an Anderson Cooper one-on-one with Trump, in which, in explaining the outcome in Colorado, Trump did toss off a typical insult of Cruz.
I think the Republican Party in Colorado wanted Cruz, or maybe they wanted somebody other than Trump. I don’t think anybody really wants Cruz. Why would they want him. There’s no reason to want him.
Cruz and family are on tonight.