By Lyndsay Monsen 2/15/2016
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have gotten into yet another dispute. Trump threatened to sue Cruz on Monday, unless Cruz agrees to stop airing what Trump is calling “false ads.”
Cruz also made statements suggesting Trump would appoint liberal judges to serve on the Supreme Court, undermine the Second Amendment, and oppose abortion rights.
Trump said in a statement he will file a lawsuit immediately, threatening the Texas senator’s eligibility to serve in the White House, “if he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies immediately.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has threatened Cruz in a legal manner. He has previously said that a court should decide whether Cruz is a “natural-born citizen,” and therefore permitted to serve as President. Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother was American, so legal experts have therefore said that he passes that test.
These recent ads and allegations on Cruz’s part have led Trump to call Cruz a “totally unstable individual.” Trump added, “He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them. His statements are totally untrue and completely outrageous.”
Cruz responded by saying that Trump “lost it” at the press conference where he made those statements.
“Today Donald Trump held a press conference. He apparently lost it. I mean, he was just going on and on about how I was the most horrible person in the world because I keep repeating the things he said.”
Trump also attacked Jeb Bush by criticizing his brother, former president George Bush. While not stating that Bush was a failed president or that he was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, Trump did remark that “the World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush.”
These statements come with less than a week before the South Carolina primary. When asked whether he feels that the statement regarding George Bush might impact his performance in South Carolina, where the former president is already a popular figure, Trump said, “So am I.”