As Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) rises in popularity with Iowa Republican voters, Donald Trump has started taking swings at the Texas senator, who continues to shrug off Trump’s attacks.
Though Cruz has refrained from criticizing Trump in public, he questioned the real estate mogul’s “judgement” during a private fundraiser last week. He later tried to downplay the comments, noting that voters will have to decide whether each candidate has good judgement.
Trump last week called out Cruz for attacking him in private but refusing to do so in public. But the senator would not accept Trump’s challenge to take his attacks out into the open.
The Establishment’s only hope: Trump & me in a cage match.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 11, 2015
Then on Sunday, Trump said on CNN that he has “far better judgement” than Cruz. And on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said Cruz doesn’t have the right “temperament” to be president, describing him as a “maniac.”
“You look at the way he’s dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a — frankly like a little bit of a maniac,” Trump said. “You can’t walk into the Senate and scream and call people liars and not be able to cajole and get along with people. He’ll never get anything done.”
On Sunday evening, Trump again challenged Cruz to bash him in public.
I was disappointed that Ted Cruz would speak behind my back, get caught, and then deny it. Well, welcome to the wonderful world of politics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2015
And Cruz then admitted to being a “maniac” in a tweet including a video from “Flashdance.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 13, 2015