Ted Cruz and Donald Trump maintained, for some time, a non-confrontational relationship, one of apparent mutual respect. In December, the two avoided attacking each other. Those days are over. In last week’s GOP debate Cruz attacked Trump for his historically liberal stances, ones he described as “New York Values”. Trump, battled back by saying that New Yorkers come together like no other state and offered the attacks on 9/11/01 as proof. It’s safe to say that the gloves are coming off between the two opponents.
Since then, Trump hasn’t helped solidify his conservative image. On Monday, Trump gave a speech to students at the Christian college of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Bible readers everywhere took notice that Trump misspoke when he tried to quote Liberty’s foundational Bible verse. Trump said, “Two Corinthians,” when, if he were even a novice Bible reader, would have said, “Second Corinthians.” The conservative Christian world, many of whom are Republicans, took notice. He also said in a recent interview that he doesn’t like to ask God for forgiveness, which is in opposition to fundamental Christian tenants.
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Characterizing Trump’s attacks against Cruz The Right Scoop writes, “Trump fights exactly like the Republican Establishment fights when they have a conservative challenging a Republican incumbent. They will say anything to beat that conservative into the mud and defeat them. And that’s exactly what Donald Trump is doing now,”