Donald Trump hasn’t had a great month. His recent debate performance was only so-so, his comments about censoring the internet weren’t well received, and he’s slipped into second place in Iowa polls behind Ted Cruz. To counter the Cruz surge, he went on the attack and it totally backfired. We have all seen Cruz’s response when Trump called him a “maniac” on Fox News. Instead of trying to out-macho Trump, Cruz totally disarmed his rhetoric by joking about the situation and tweeting out the “Maniac” music video from Flashdance.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 13, 2015
Even the most ardent Ted Cruz supporters admit he doesn’t play nice with anyone. Yet, somehow, he managed to be cast as the victim here, thanks to Trump overplaying his political hand, and he’s gotten a lot of support from conservatives over it. Trump’s aggressive tactics are wearing thin even among those who support him. Any hopes of a Trump/Cruz ticket appear dead now, and Trump is to blame. Cruz took the high road, and left Trump looking petty and mean. Now, Cruz is pulling in refugees bailing from the Trump bandwagon.
Trump made the same mistake Jeb Bush made when he started to tank in the polls: he attacked other Republicans with little cause. When his numbers started to slip, Bush started nipping at others’ heels, making personal attacks on Rubio and several others, and it didn’t come off as very presidential.
Speaking of Bush, he actually managed to one-up Trump this past week as well. Trump threatened to sue Jeb’s Right to Rise PAC, because another PAC in Florida put out an attack ad on him. In response, Charlie Spies, the lead attorney for Right to Rise, sent back a letter to Trump’s lawyers that absolutely schooled the billionaire on government and civics, and made him look like someone who doesn’t understand how our political system works.
In the letter, reprinted by The Washington Post, Spies states “we are intrigued (but not surprised) by your continued efforts to silence critics of your client’s campaign by employing litigious threats and bullying. Should your client actually be elected Commander-in-Chief, will you be the one writing the cease and desist letters to Vladimir Putin, or will that be handled by outside counsel?”
Spies’ letter continued the passive aggressive attack. “The ability to criticize a candidate’s record, policies and matters of public importance lies at the heart of the First Amendment, as courts have repeatedly recognized. If you have the time between bankruptcy filings and editing reality show contracts, we urge you to flip through the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan. A wall can be built around many things, but not around the First Amendment.”
Spies then informed Trump’s attorneys that, as part of his corporation, they are not allowed to also work on his campaign, and they are filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over their actions. “Although your client may think he is above the law and be accustomed to using lawsuits to bail out his failed business deals, the Federal Election Campaign Act and the FEC’s Regulations nonetheless apply to him and his campaign. Just as your client is attempting to quickly learn the basics of foreign policy, we wish you personally the best in your attempts to learn election law.”
Damn. Regardless of what you think about Jeb Bush, that’s some pretty epic trolling there.
Source: The Washington Post