The long-awaited Trump meltdown is pretty much complete.
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump found a creative way on Wednesday to reframe his Obamacare back and forth with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
During a Wednesday-night speech in Little Rock, Arkansas, Trump claimed his leading presidential-primary rival was responsible for the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions twice being upheld by the Supreme Court.
“If it weren’t for Ted Cruz — he’s the one that got Justice Roberts onto the United States Supreme Court. He pushed him. He approved him,” Trump said.
“And Justice Roberts approved Obamacare twice when it should have been rejected,” he added. “His vote got it over the top. Ted Cruz did that. Ted Cruz gave us Obamacare, believe me.”
Trump overstated Cruz’s role in Roberts’ appointment to the high court in 2005. Cruz, who was Texas’ solicitor general at the time, repeatedly praised Roberts’ credentials. Cruz wouldn’t enter the Senate, which debates and approves Supreme Court nominees, until 2013.
Everyone makes mistakes, but Trump’s claim is preposterous.
Oh Good Lord he’s found the paint thinner. pic.twitter.com/7YnGWVBt7F
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 4, 2016
We think he’s probably drinking it at this point.
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump’s standing in the Republican presidential race deflated in the first national survey released after his loss to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Monday-night Iowa caucuses.
Trump remained in first place in the survey, which was conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and was set to be released later Thursday. He received 25% of the vote from Republican-primary voters nationally. Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tied for second at 21% apiece.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson grabbed 11%. None of the remaining Republican candidates received more than 5% of the vote.
It was a stark contrast from the national survey that Public Policy Polling released in mid-December. That poll found Trump, at 34%, maintaining a large national lead over both Cruz (18%) and Rubio (13%). Rubio seemed to benefit at Trump’s expense with a stronger-than-expected showing in the Iowa caucuses, in which he nearly caught up to Trump. His poll standing was up 8 points from December.
The nutcase may hold on through New Hampshire, but he’s pretty much in an irreversible freefall at this point.
Oh, and by the way, if Trump wants to point fingers as to who gave us ObamaCare, he should look in the mirror.
As Trump knows, money talks — and Trump has given more than $100,000 to the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees. In 2006 — the year Democrats took back Congress — he gave $25,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (while his son Donald Trump Jr. gave $22,500). They gave Republican committees just $1,000 that year.
In other words, Trump wanted Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House and Harry Reid the Senate majority leader.
Which is not surprising. At the time he made those contributions, from August 2001 to September 2009, Trump was a registered Democrat. (He had been registered in New York first as a Republican, then a member of the Independence Party, then a Democrat, then a Republican again, and then became unaffiliated.)
So maybe he came to regret it after Reid and Pelosi rammed through Obamacare? Apparently not. In 2010 — immediately after the passage of Obamacare — Trump continued to donate to Reid. Trump has donated at least $10,400 to Reid, including $4,800 for his 2010 race against Sharron Angle — a victory that helped keep the Senate in Democratic hands and Reid as majority leader. So Trump continued to support Reid as majority leader in the election immediately after the passage of Obamacare.