Republican front runner, Donald Trump insisted Monday that the Republican establishment is against him, but conceded that party leaders are warming to his candidacy as a better alternative to rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid. Previously in an interview, Trump had said that the establishment are warming up to him. Trump also explained why establishment leaders are more prepared to back his presidential bid over that of Cruz, the Texas senator who has cast himself as a principled lawmaker but whom critics call inflexible.
Trump explains why establishment prefers him to Cruz
Trump, for his part, called Cruz a “nasty person.” “I think the establishment actually is against me, but really coming on line because they see me as opposed to Cruz who is a nasty guy who can’t get along with anybody,” Trump said. “At a certain point you’ve got to make deals.” “We can’t have a guy who stands in the middle of the Senate floor and every other senator thinks he’s a whack job,” Trump said. “You have to make deals. You have to get along. That’s the purpose of what our founders created.”
Cruz distance himself as a conservative
Last week, Bob Dole explained why the establishment should prefer Donald Trump to Sen. Ted Cruz. Dole claimed Trump is someone with whom the Establishment can make a deal. Cruz responded by saying, “So if as a voter you think what we need is more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump’s your guy.” Cruz went on to say, “The Establishment is abandoning Sen. Marco Rubio — I think they’ve made the determination that Marco can’t win, and they’re rushing to support Donald Trump.” The Cruz response according to CNN continues the effort to define himself as the principled Conservative and Trump as an enabler of compromise.
It’s Trump versus Cruz again
While Trump’s candidacy has from the start faced a barrage of criticism from the political and consultant classes in Washington, several establishment Republicans have said lately that they would sooner back Trump than Cruz. Meanwhile, as some Establishment Republicans do prefer Trump to Cruz, others see the billionaire as the more dangerous candidate.