Since the Iowa Caucus Donald Trump has been calling Ted Cruz a liar. Trump’s supporters often point to that night and the actions of the Cruz campaign as indicative of some fatal flaw in the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz. Trump, himself, almost always refers to Cruz as “lyin’ Ted” on twitter. Has Cruz lied since then? Maybe. Has he misconstrued his opponent’s positions on an issue? Likely. But that’s not the focus of the “Lyin’ Ted” moniker. It always goes back to the Iowa Caucus.
I said back then, and will say again, that I think Cruz didn’t handle this situation correctly. But his campaign wasn’t the only people that night to make a mistake.
If you remember, for some idiotic reason, Ben Carson’s campaign sent out a weird message right before the Iowa caucuses began. They said that Carson wouldn’t be going directly to the next battleground, but would return home. I have no idea who green lit this message, at this time. It was not something that had to be sent right then. And the timing set things in motion.
Iowa caucuses are weird. People make speeches and try to convince others to support their candidates before the votes are taken. Right before the speeches began, the Carson news was reported on several outlets. I saw it on twitter. My immediate thought was, “He must be dropping out.” It made no sense for this information to come out then unless he was leaving the race. It was just a weird statement to send to media.
16 minutes before the caucus started CNN broadcast that Carson was not going to New Hampshire or South Carolina, but instead heading home to Florida. One reporter, Dana Bash, said on air, “If you want to be President of the United States, you don’t go home to Florida,”
Someone in the Cruz campaign had the bright idea to send out a message to the people about to speak in each caucus site, telling them that it looked like Carson was out. Their interpretation was the same as mine when I heard he was going home. I wouldn’t have sent the message without double checking the report. They obviously didn’t check it. A quick decision that turned out to be a mistake.
That’s a copy of the message sent to the caucus speakers. CNN was reporting that very thing. It made sense. Carson was not expected to do well. The polls had him at 9%. (He actually got a little over 9.3%). Frankly, he should have been dropping out. That’s probably why CNN was talking about him going home on air.
Carson’s campaign quickly put out another statement saying that he was just going home to get a change of clothes. Again, weird. But OK, Carson needed some time. That’s his business, I guess. But it was too late to stop the Cruz campaign speakers.
As soon as it became known that Cruz’s campaign has sent this email Carson and Trump cried foul. Ted Cruz personally apologized for the incident. Carson used it to further his campaign. Remember, Carson actually got more of the vote than was expected, even though this information had been sent. Trump, upset about losing to Cruz, threw a #Trumpertantrum on twitter and has continued to call Cruz a liar because of it.
I feel that the Cruz campaign made a big mistake in sending that message out. I felt like Cruz should have fired someone over it. I can see how it happened, and why it was sent. Someone was over eager to score votes from what they thought was a defunct campaign. This wasn’t something they made up out of thin air. This wasn’t just a blatant lie. Remove the odd statement from Carson, take away the CNN reporting, and this never happens.
But it did happen. And Trump supporters love to remind Cruz supporters of it, and accuse Cruz of being a liar. Lying’ Ted.
OK, for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ted Cruz is a dirty rotten liar, and this horrible liar is disqualified from being president because of this lie. If one lie disqualifies a candidate, how can anyone support Donald Trump?
I was reading a story the other day about how Trump lies so casually and continually that reporters don’t have time to check them all before they have to meet their deadlines. There are just so many times Trump is less than truthful. For instance, Earlier this month Donald Trump cancelled a rally in Chicago because he said the police recommended he should. The CPD spokesman says they never said that.
Or take this from just a couple of days ago. Trump was campaigning in Arizona, a Southern border state. Fox news reported this:
Forget the Cruz birther junk in the beginning. The last sentence. Trump knows that Cruz was never for amnesty. At most you could make a case that he once was for legalization, but not amnesty. Even Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Trump supporter, says that Cruz proposed the legalization amendment to the Gang of 8 bill so it would end up not being passed. Trump knows Cruz does not support amnesty. So that was a blatant, calculated lie.
If one so called lie, which had zero impact on the caucus results, disqualifies Cruz, how do so many lies not also disqualify Trump?