Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Trump now 'very seriously' considering suing Ted Cruz

It's no secret that Donald Trump has a nasty little habitof threatening to sue people to get what he wants. But only in some cases does he actually follow through with suing them to achieve his ends. What we are witnessing now is a steady build toward him pulling the trigger on taking real legal action against Ted Cruz, with his latest threat coming Tuesday morning.

"I’m thinking about it very seriously," Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" today. "I’ve never dealt with anybody who lies like him."

Trump pointed to his own positions on gun rights, as well as the dismantling of President Obama's signature health care law, saying that the Texas senator was misleading voters about his stances.

"Ted Cruz is a liar," he said. "I think he's a very unstable person. I have never had somebody take something you believe in and say the exact opposite."

The comments came on the heels of a Trump onslaught Monday which included a series of disparaging remarks about the Canadian-born senator, and a threat directed at the Republican National Committee that Trump might still run as a third-party candidate.

Trump has sometimes mentioned suing Cruz over voter fraud, but he began questioning Cruz's eligibility to be president last year—even before announcing his own candidacy. In January, Trump started claiming he had the "standing" to sue Cruz over the eligibility claim—an assertion he revisited late last week.

The question, of course, is whether it's all bluster. That probably depends on how well Cruz performs at the polls. If Trump feels Cruz nipping at his heels, he'll likely do whatever's necessary to swat him back. As noted yesterday, Trump would sooner tear the party limb from limb than see Ted Cruz in the Oval Office.

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