Donald Trump is lashing out against his rival presidential candidate Ted Cruz and again threatening a potential independent run if the GOP continues to undermine his campaign, as he claims it’s doing now.
“I’ve never met people like politicians. They’re the most dishonest people I’ve ever met,” he told the East Cooper Republican Club meeting in Mt. Pleasant on Monday. “I mean, Jeb (Bush) is just Jeb. But this guy Ted Cruz is the most dishonest guy I think I’ve ever met in politics.”
Trump was clearly offended by Cruz’s attack line in Saturday’s debate and in resulting ads insinuating Trump would appoint pro-choice judges to the Supreme Court if elected. “I think he’s an unstable person,” Trump said. “He’s nuts.”
The real estate mogul also believed an audience that repeatedly booed him in the Greenville presidential debate this weekend was stacked with “special interests” and donors who supported other candidates. He threatened to go back on his promise not to run as an independent candidate if the party does not treat him properly.
“I signed a pledge, but it’s a double-edged pledge,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, they’re in default of their pledge.”
GOP officials defended the ticket allotment, saying it was not distributed in any way designed to hurt Trump. Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter that of the 1,600 available tickets for the CBS News debate, 300 were given to grassroots and elected leaders, 600 were divided evenly amongst the candidates, 10 to RNC donors and the remainder to the South Carolina GOP and CBS.
Trump also has a rally planned in Greenville’s TD Convention Center at 7:00 p.m. Monday night.