Texas Senator Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stated of fellow candidate Donald Trump “If someone is actually pro-life today, would you perhaps ask God for forgiveness for spending 60 years advocating for partial-birth abortion?” And that Trump “is telling us, he is going to go back on what he’s saying” during an interview broadcast on Friday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Cruz said, [relevant remarks begin around 8:00] “[W]hen it comes to taking on Washington, — I mean one of the amazing things Donald has said a number of times is he said, listen, an seven months ago, I, Donald Trump, was a member of the establishment. No kidding. You know, last night on the debate stage he said, Ted, I know politicians much better than you do. That’s right. Listen, you have been paying off these people for 40 years, and by the way, — I mean, look, the Gang of Eight, five members of the amnesty Gang of Eight, had collectively received over $50,000 from Donald Trump, and he says by the way, well, listen, I’m a businessman. I pay off everybody. Well, if you’re worried about corruption in Washington, I’m not sure putting him in the White House is the best solution to that.”
He added, “Okay, fine, so he’s paid off hundreds of thousands of dollars to all these liberal Democrats. He helped put [Sen.] Harry Reid (D-NV) and [Rep.] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in power. What was he doing that for? It’s only for one thing, putting money in his own pocket. Did he ever once say to all of these candidates, ‘Gosh, I care about immigration. You know, he — gosh, I care about Supreme Court justices. I care about life.’? His actions demonstrate, that the only thing he’s cared about, is putting money in his bank account.”
When asked if he believed Trump has changed, Cruz responded, “I don’t know where he is in his heart. I know for 60 years of his life, he described himself, as very pro-choice, as supporting partial-birth abortion, and as pro-choice in every respect. And then, when he decided to run for president, as a Republican, suddenly, magically, he was pro-life. Now, let’s for a second give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume he had some road to Damascus moment where he realized he was in the wrong. I’m curious, Sean, Donald has also said he has never once asked God for forgiveness for anything. If someone is actually pro-life today, would you perhaps ask God for forgiveness for spending 60 years advocating for partial-birth abortion?”
Cruz then stated, “[W]hen he explains why he’s never asked for forgiveness, he says, well, I’ve never done anything wrong. Well, okay.”
Cruz concluded by saying Trump “is telling us, he is going to go back on what he’s saying. He’s saying it over and over again. Donald Trump said, I can be a totally different person after I’m elected. I can be — this is Donald speaking, the most politically correct person on earth. Let me tell you something, Sean, the day after I’m elected president, I am the exact same person that I am today.”
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