Feb. 13 will mark the last Republican debate before the pivotal South Carolina primaries and you better believe the candidates didn’t hold anything back! After slamming Jeb Bush, Donald Trump then took aim at his opponent Ted Cruz, calling him ‘the single biggest liar and a nasty guy!’ Ouch!
As with any of the Republican presidential debates held so far this year (and there have been plenty), the GOP debate held February 13 at the Peace Center (ironic, huh?) in Greenville, S.C., was a tense and brutal fight for the White House. Things took a particularly nasty turn however, when Donald Trump, 69, went after his opponent Ted Cruz, 45, calling him “the single biggest liar” and, if that weren’t bad enough, “a nasty guy!”
This is getting ugly! After going after Jeb Bush and his family, Trump set his sights on his other arch-nemesis, Ted Cruz, and boy did things get brutal. After claiming that he supported federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Ted got a taste of Trump’s wrath when he totally called him out for being a liar. “You are the single biggest liar,” said Trump. “You’re probably worse than Jeb Bush. This guy lied about Ben Carson, when he took votes away from Ben Carson in Iowa, and it just continues. This guy will say anything. He’s a nasty guy, and now I know why he doesn’t have one endorsement from any of his colleagues.” Wow.
Ted’s response? “I will say, it is fairly remarkable to see Donald defend Ben after he called him pathological and compared him to a child molester. Both of which, were offensive and wrong,” he fired back. “Donald has this weird pattern where when you point to his own record, he screams liar, liar, liar.” Boom!
As the first official GOP debate since the all-important New Hampshire primaries on Feb. 9, tonight’s meeting of the minds promised to be nothing short of tense and aggressive. Not that we’re surprised, of course. Before even heading into the debate, Trump seemed to be stirring the pot in his favor by taking aim at Ted and what he believes is his questionable citizenship. In what is arguably one of his most outlandish claims yet (and boy, are there a lot), the businessman took to Twitter to once again call out the Texas Senator for “cheating,” all the while threatening him with a lawsuit for not being “a natural-born citizen” — no, we’re not kidding.
@TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural-born citizen,” Donald wrote in a Feb. 12 tweet that has left us scratching our heads to say the least. While Ted might have been born in Calgary to a Cuban-born Canadian father, his mother is a U.S. citizen which makes him an American citizen as well and this argument nonsensical.
This issue of course, is nothing new between the two, as when it seems like Ted is making gains on Donald in the polls, the subject seems to rear its ugly head. During a Jan. 14 debate in Iowa, Ted mentioned how Donald’s own lawyers determined that Ted was legally able to run for president. “Since [then], the Constitution hasn’t changed,” Ted said, “but the poll numbers have” ZING! There’s your real reason why Donald may be bringing up this tired old issue, because he’s going to have a tougher fight with Ted in the upcoming South Carolina and Nevada primaries than he did in his recent New Hampshire victory. Stay tuned — it appears this battle has only just begun!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about this latest Republican debate? Are things finally getting too out of control? Share your thoughts in the comments below!