Ted Cruz and Family’s Greatest Hits From CNN’s Town Hall Wednesday Night

If you missed the town hall, or were stuck watching the freak show on Fox News (like I was), don’t fret. We’ve collected Ted Cruz and family’s greatest moments from the Wednesday evening special. So catch up!

The Best Put-Downs:

This was compiled by CNN, but it manages to be pretty good anyway.

Cathartic.


The Most Adorable “Kid Moment”

Oh. My. Gosh.

As a dad to two amazing daughters, I remember this age. This is perfect.


Best ‘First Lady’ Answer

What I mean is, the best answer I’ve heard from a potential First Lady on what she would do in the White House.

With each passing day, the safe space coed bathroom culture leaks further down the education grade level. Any RedState reader who is a parent knows how important freedom in education has become. And Heidi Cruz’s answer was simply perfect.


And finally …

Best Totally Correct, News-Relevant, Trump Camp SLAM

This one:

Because it makes you nod your head and say “damn right.”


So there’s the highlights. All clips provided by CNN. All quips provide by Ted Cruz and his writers. All fodder provided by Trump’s traveling circus.

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Donald Trump Uses His Best Words to Tell Hannity About His Strong Belief In Smartness & Policying

“You’re not in love with her, you’re in love with the IDEA of her.” It’s a TV (and movies) trope. The idea it is meant to convey is that a person aspires to or desires the Platonic ideal of a particular type of person, or of love itself, rather than being in actual love or loving the actual person. It is also, apparently, the way Donald Trump looks at the presidency.

“I believe strongly in policy.” That is amazing. It is amazing, that. I’m in love with it and the idea of it.

“I believe strongly in being smart.” I believe strongly that this can’t be happening right now.

It’s beyond parody. I can’t even make an analogy, and I believe strongly in analogies. Trump has frequently been criticized for his lack of policy specifics. He makes vague promises, sometimes changing those promises to different promises, while promising they’ll be really smart and effective, without giving any specifics. “We’re going to take care of women.” Okay? “I’m going to be so good at the military.” What?

Super journalist Sean Hannity used the opportunity of this, his 42nd interview of Donald Trump, which yet again was the entirety of his show, to ask Trump about policy. Here is a paraphrase of how it went.
“You’re gonna have policies though right?”
“Oh, totally.”
“Sweet, sweet. Like, your own?”
“Word. I’m going to be an awesome policy.”
“But bro, do you NATO?”
“Nah.”
“Policy though.”
“Yes. Plus also smartness.”
“Dope.”

That’s not like, an official transcript? But it basically gives you feel for the entire hour Sean and Donald spent together in Pittsburgh pointedly not holding hands. Plus the part where Hannity opted not to defend or even offer a kind word for his colleague Megyn Kelly. But hey, Terrible Towel though, amirite? It was brutal.

The End.

Okay, okay fine. Here’s a clip, you masochists:

You know in a way this makes him relatable. A lot of people who are believers go through what they call “backsliding.” Maybe right now, he’s just in that phase where he’s only smart on Christmas and Easter. It’s just a theory.

Anyway, look, I believe strongly in penultimate sentences. I believe strongly in being finished with this article.

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VIDEO: Pittsburgh Crowd Boos Megyn Kelly When Hannity Asks Trump About Her, Sean Grins & Waves Towel

Wow dude. How far gone is Sean Hannity? See for yourself:

“We’ll see what happens.”

That meeting with Megyn must have gone really well. It took like an hour from her calling Trump gracious to his fans raucously booing her as he and Sean smile with approval. Trump paid a little lip service to the idea that he’s done calling her a loser and talking about her … wherever, but in typical fashion, it was neither clear nor definitive.

She called last week and they set up a meeting, they said ‘could we come up’ and I said ‘would you come to Trump tower’ because I didn’t want any confusion. And she did, and she was very, very nice.

Crowd shouting and booing here, clearly negative. But Sean and Donald press on.

I think it was just, maybe it was time, or maybe she felt it was time. And by the way in all fairness I give her a lot of credit for, you know, for doing what she did. Because, I don’t know, you know, it took a certain amount. So, let’s see what happens.

Sean’s reaction? A big dumb grin and a Terrible Towel. Which is kind of a fitting gesture since that’s the same item the network seems to have thrown in.

Sean may have thrown a “no” in there at some point. No guarantee to whom that was directed or for what. But quickly he moved to the Trump big smile moment with his fans. Because that is why Sean Hannity airs these Trump love specials. To put people on Trump’s side. And apparently to tacitly approve trashing Megyn Kelly.

What a man.

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At Pittsburgh Old Trump Asks How Joe Paterno is Doing

 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

While speaking to a crowd and referring to notes in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Trump strangely asked how’s Joe Paterno? And even mentioned bringing him back. Watch the video tweeted by Ian McKena by clicking the link:

How’s Joe Paterno? Are we going to bring that back? Right? How about that whole deal?

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died in 2012. Did Donald Trump get the word? Did he forget?

Whenever the old Donald utters such bizarre statements, I wonder if it might be related to age-related cognitive impairment.

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WATCH: Megyn Kelly Explains Why She Met Privately With Donald Trump At His Lair Today [VIDEO]

We told you earlier about the meeting between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump at his Tower base. Tonight on her show she explained what THAT was all about.

As expected. An interview. And not even a confirmed one. How … exciting?

Personally, I was hoping that they went there for some kind of futuristic, laser-based death match, possibly involving some type of illicit gambling ring consisting of media figures and the wealthy. Like Dan Rather standing off to one side throwing pesos at the floor and making bizarre, pseudo-Southern references like “that dog won’t hunt cowpokes in the twilight, monsignor.”

But nope. Interview. Oh well.

But hey, at least the network’s many Trump shills like Eric Bolling, Geraldo Rivera, Sean Hannity, and etc. now get to feel okay about chumming it up with the guy who spent months trashing their friend and colleague. So there’s that.

You can’t help but wonder if someone pressured Kelly into this “meeting,” even if it was just a little pressure. It’s not unimaginable. I’m just saying.

Come on, Fox News. Get it together.

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Trump Surrogate, Roger Stone: Ted Cruz “Unhinged,” No Threats of Violence

You usually have to move to the left to find lunacy this vile.

Oh, wait… he is a leftist.

Donald Trump’s lead henchman, Roger Stone took to the airwaves to trash Senator Ted Cruz as “unhinged.”

In an interview with WIOD radio, Stone attempted to clarify reports that he had threatened to reveal the hotel room numbers and names of RNC delegates who were not supporting Trump. He suggested that Trump’s maniacal cultists converge on Cleveland and “encourage” those delegates to sign a pledge to support Trump.

No, that doesn’t sound like a threat or intimidation, at all.

Michelle Fields can tell you what happens when those who oppose Trump have their personal information put out to the public.

Senator Cruz called out Stone’s behavior earlier this week in an interview with the Blaze, and labeled the tactics as being those of a “mobster” and “Union thug.”

Said Cruz:

“And I think Donald needs to renounce this incitement of violence, he needs to stop asking his supporters at rallies to punch people in the face. And he needs to fire the people responsible. … Roger Stone, and his campaign team that is encouraging violence, and he needs to stop doing it himself.”

Stone, who served as Trump’s advisor up until August 2015 responded:

“Ted Cruz is becoming unhinged. The pressure must be getting to [Cruz]. He’s seeing me in his sleep. I’ve never called for violence. Ted keeps saying that I might be forced to sue him. He’s a Superlawyer, but let’s get him in for a deposition. I’ve never called for violence.”

There’s no doubt that Trump’s rallies have been a breeding ground for despicable, gutter trash behavior. There’s also no doubt that Trump has done little to quiet the unrest, and in fact, has encouraged much of it.

Maybe Senator Cruz should call Stone’s bluff?

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BREAKING: Trump Campaign Manager Lewandowski Will NOT Be Prosecuted on Battery Charge

Citing unnamed sources, Politico reported Wednesday evening that Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will not be prosecuted for battery, the charge for which he was previously arrested in connection to the Michelle Fields incident.

The decision not to press charges against Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be announced on Thursday afternoon by Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg.

Fields may still pursue a defamation case against Lewandowski, a source said.

This will, without question, be grossly use by the Trump campaign as some kind of watershed vindication moment. “Look,” they will say, “you guys are always accusing us of doing wrong and yet here is a prosecutor saying we are innocent.” Which is not what he said. But that’s what they will claim. Promise.

A Fields defamation case win would sort that out quickly, but the odds of such a move resolving in the short term are, to say the least, remote.

More from Politico:

Aronberg would not comment, but in a POLITICO interview last week, he pointed out that Jupiter police had a low “probable cause” standard to cite Lewandowski for battery. But the responsibility for moving forward with a full-blown prosecution rested with Aronberg’s office, which had to consider whether a crime occurred and whether they believed a jury of Floridians would prosecute.

“We have a higher standard to go forward with a prosecution,” he said.

Fields would not comment on the record. Lewandowski could not immediately be reached for comment.

Many lawyers said they just didn’t think jurors would think of this case as a battery, even though it met the technical threshold for the crime under Florida law, which essentially defines battery as unwanted touching.

During Trump and company’s “defense” subsequent to the incident, Lewandowski publicly berated Michelle Fields on Twitter, and the campaign’s general treatment of her was widely criticized. Her website, Breitbart, essentially took the Trump campaign’s side against their own reporter, resulting in a walk-out of several of their contributors. All of those facts would come into play in any defamation case.

Whether Trump and his minions claim this as a vindication won’t absolve them of sleazy behavior throughout, including the outright refusal to simply apologize for being dicks; an arrogance they exhibit in all their interactions with all people at all times.

UPDATE: 10:26 p.m. ET – Michelle Fields confirms she will be pursuing defamation case against Lewandowski.

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NeverTrump PAC Ad Alleges Trump Took Advantage of 9/11 Small Business Fund

New York values?

A new ad from the NeverTrump PAC, an independent group, has leveled some serious accusations against the GOP’s current frontrunner.

According to the ad, although Trump’s property was not adversely affected by the events of 9/11, he took advantage of a loophole in the World Trade Center Recovery Grant program.

Trump raked in $150,000 from the grant program that was set up to aid small businesses that were adversely effected by the 9/11 terror attacks.

In an interview with Time.com, Trump offered a response:

“It was probably a reimbursement for the fact that I allowed people, for many months, to stay in the building, use the building and store things in the building. I was happy to do it and to this day I am still being thanked for the many people I helped. The value of what I did was far greater than the money talked about, much of which was sent automatically to building owners in the area.”

Probably.

When you add that to the fact that in the time since 9/11/01 Trump’s foundation only donated $1,000 to 9/11 nonprofits, and just recently visited the 9/11 museum for the first time (the $100,000 donation doesn’t appear to be political grandstanding, at all), you have to question the sincerity of the Donald’s devotion to his hometown.

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Top Trump Crony Paul Manafort Lobbied for Saudis – and Specifically AGAINST Israel

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The basic issue is this: Israel considers Jerusalem to be its capital. Most of the ‘international community’ opposes honoring this, largely because a large hunk of the ‘international community’ doesn’t want to offend duly the somewhat smaller hunk of the ‘international community’ that wants to murder every Israeli Jew it can reach and drive the rest into the Mediterranean Sea.  The US Congress chimed in on this issue in the 1990s by passing the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which mandates that we build well, an embassy in, well, Jerusalem*. In an AIPAC speech last month Donald Trump flip-flopped from a previous position to assure the attendees that he now supported the moving of our embassy to Jerusalem.  OK, better late than never, right?

And then Trump hired Paul Manafort.  Turns out that in the 1980s Manafort drank deep from the Saudi’s bottomless well of funding: “The promise of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem has been a mainstay of political appeals to the pro-Israel community for many years. But in 1984 Manafort lobbied on behalf of the Saudis against House and Senate legislation that would have pressed the U.S. government to make this move, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act disclosure, which requires that lobbyists working for foreign governments publicize their work.” Two hundred grand for six months’ work: nice amount of change even today. In 1984 it’d be even better.

…Nobody does any vetting at all over there, do they? As the Daily Beast goes on point out, a lot of Trump’s 9/11 revisionist rhetoric involves dark mutterings about Saudis… but I guess that’s all nonsense, right?  Seeing as Donald Trump hired Paul Manafort, who made almost a million bucks in 1980s money doing the Saudis’ bidding in lobbying against Israel and securing arm sales to the Saudi government.  Put more simply: when it comes to Trump’s AIPAC suck-up speech?  Well, as the philosopher once said: that’s just what we call pillow talk, baby.

Moe Lane

PS: Ted Cruz co-sponsored legislation to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He’s also managed to avoid hiring a top crony who once lobbied on behalf of the Saudis to prevent that very thing from happening. I leave it to the reader to decide which is more noteworthy.

*That we have not done this is another issue, albeit one that could be exploited with some vigor by a President looking for an excuse to cut the State Department’s funding in half.  But, again: that’s another issue and post.

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You’re Going to Accept Transgender? You Must Accept Transracial

The Left is so hypocritical. But we already knew that. Drama surrounding the North Carolina bathroom bill continues. Transgenderism, and whichever “rights” should belong to that community, is hotly debated. Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in N.C, and PayPal pulled jobs out of the state.

According to the Left, being transgender is good. It should be supported. It should be praised. It is merely the outward expression of an inward reality. They cheer when they see Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner on the cover of Vogue. She’s so brave, and we must applaud her journey! That’s quite the tidy, feelings-oriented, social justice warrior opinion. And for the Left, it makes them feel good. Because feelings are king (or queen).

That was until Rachel Dolezal appeared on the scene last summer, “revealing” her transracial identity. As you may remember, Rachel is white, but identifies as black. In the era of trans-anything, that should bring cheers from the Left! But it does not. Dolezal is the worst kind of being, acting as if she is another skin color than what her biology already determined. This is confusing, though, because transgenderism is the exact same delusion: denying biology in favor of feelings.

Now Dolezal is back in the news. In an interview on NBC with Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday morning:

Guthrie continued to press her: “Looking back it it now, do you feel like, I wish I had been just more up front about that? It would have saved me a lot of heartache.” Dolezal was insistent that she had no regrets, except maybe one: not identifying as black sooner.

“I do wish that I could have … given myself permission to really name and own the me of me earlier in life. I mean, it took me almost 30 years to get there, but certainly I feel like, you know, it’s a complex issue. How do you just sum up a whole life of coming into who you are in a sound bite?”

Many look at the trans community, whether dealing with gender or race identity, and feel sympathy. Trans anything is a struggle against reality. Your DNA is stubborn and doesn’t care about your feelings. However, liberals readily accept transgenderism but fiercely deny transracialism. To the Left, race is a biological fact while gender is a social construct. This is absurdity of the highest degree, but that is what they offer as an explanation. These science deniers push aside the fact that both were determined long before each of us emerged on this side of the womb.

Today on social media I stated that “If we accept transgender, we must accept transracial.” This was met with a wave of negative response. How could I be so ignorant? How could I be so racist? How could I be so offensive to those in the transgender community? The reaction clearly showed how liberals compartmentalize their made-up privileges, and bestow them selectively.

If anything, the trans drama we find ourselves in is indicative of the fact that so few give value to our beginning in the womb. Our DNA is certain from day one; it establishes the blueprint for who (or what) we are meant to be. But many on the Left conveniently deny the science of conception so that their support for the destruction of growing unborn life can be rationalized.

It is important to firmly deny the trans community their faux reality, for they deny the concrete truth and unchanging individuality which is determined at conception. That the Left accepts one and denies the other says everything.

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