Donald Trump learned the hard way that he may need to temper his words on Saturday afternoon before an ultra-conservative audience, most especially when slamming the surging GOP candidate for President, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. For close to 45 minutes, Trump had been rambling and railing about building the Mexican wall and making them pay for it, rambling and railing about Syrian refugees, rambling and railing against Common Core, rambling and railing against Jeb Bush and Muslims and President Obama. However, when Trump took on Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, the right-leaning ultra-conservative favorite, the audience took umbrage with the comments and was booed, according to Business Insider.
Trump sought to capitalize on a pair of New York Times reports this weekend, detailing Cruz’s failure to explain fully two loans from Citibank and Goldman Sachs that he now says he used to help finance his 2012 Senate campaign.
Cruz calls the problem a “paperwork error” and insists it is ok because that he included the loans on Senate personal financial disclosures, but not filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.
However, Donald Trump believes it is no error, but the crowd did not appreciate the distinction.
Trump added in his speech that he thinks Cruz is “a very nice guy,” but loud boos and outbursts had commenced among the hundreds of attendees divided almost exclusively between the two leading GOP contenders. “Excuse me. Excuse me. He didn’t report his bank loans, excuse me,” Trump interjected, speaking over the increased volume in the room, adding, “Say whatever you want.”
“He didn’t report his bank loans,” he reiterated. “Say whatever you want. He didn’t report his bank loans. It’s OK. He didn’t report his bank loans. He’s got bank loans from Goldman Sachs. He’s got bank loans from Citibank folks. And then he acts like Robin Hood. Say whatever you want.”
Within seconds of the booing, Trump left the stage, escorted by his entourage.
In front of the same audience a few hours earlier, Cruz opted not to mention Trump at all, apparently intent on de-escalating their feud as they pursue for the same frustrated, anti-establishment voters who have defined the GOP campaign thus far.
Cruz instead urged voters to examine candidates’ records on a range of issues dear to conservatives, among them repealing the Affordable Care Act, fighting abortion and same-sex marriage, and opposing bank bailouts like the one Congress adopted in 2008.
“Don’t listen to the words on the campaign trail,” Cruz said. “Look to action.”
At another event on Saturday, Trump did not mention Cruz, likely because of the booing.