Donald Trump can’t seem to keep himself out of the Republican primary spotlight. Instead of running his own campaign, Trump has become a sought-after endorsement by the Republican candidates, except for one. Presidential candidate Ron Paul says that endorsement actually damages the Republican brand. So much so, the Texas Congressman actually rejected Trump’s invitation to a primary debate moderated by Trump himself.
CNN’s Candy Crowley interviewed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul about his latest feud with The Donald on Sunday’s ‘State of the Union.’
“One of the concerns that I had was really how he was treating the Republican Party of Iowa, and he didn’t treat them well because he had agreed to come to their biggest fundraiser of the year because he was talking about running. When he changed his mind about not running he canceled on them. They had to cancel the event. And that was a bit of an insult to them. I’ve gotten a lot of good favorable responses from the people of Iowa, even the people in the party that appreciated the fact that I mentioned, that because they were very unhappy with the way he treated them by just stiffing them and walking away from it, and they were left holding the bag.”
The Congressman was asked why Trump has become such an important endorsement for Republican candidates and why he’s been so critical of the Paul candidacy.
“I don’t quite understand it,” Paul said. “I don’t understand the marching to his office. I mean I didn’t know that he had an ability to lay on hands, you know, and anoint people.” … “He probably doesn’t like my position on the Federal Reserve. You know, easy credit for developers and investors. You know, they like easy credit and they like the Federal Reserve and they like that for bailing out.”
Obviously, an egomaniac like Trump would never let criticism of himself go without a petty response. Trump told the New York Daily News,
“Few people take Ron Paul seriously and many of his views and presentation make him a clown-like candidate. I am glad he and Jon Huntsman (who also declined), who has inconsequential poll numbers or a chance of winning, will not be attending the debate and wasting the time of the viewers who are trying very hard to make a very important decision.”Few people take Paul seriously? Except maybe the people of Iowa and New Hampshire, whose support puts him in second place. Paul is also one of the only candidates to see his poll numbers consistently rise in those two most important primary states.
Clearly, Trump is just mad that a couple candidates had the audacity to question his king-making ability. His response only demonstrates his pettiness and clown-like character.
Watch the full interview here: