To say that Donald Trump and his campaign play loose with the facts would be an understatement. His campaign is a joke and Trump is, by far, the most dishonest politician running for president in either party.
So it didn’t surprise me to come across one of the bigger stories of the day where Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted out a link to an article proclaiming that former Republican Senator Tom Coburn had called Ted Cruz the most dishonest person in Washington. A tweet Trump then retweeted out himself.
Here are the tweets that were sent out (click for larger versions):
For those of you paying attention, yes, that is Mr. Scavino and Donald Trump citing this website, Forward Progressives, to attack Ted Cruz. Not only that, but they used a quote that was something I had actually written in the article, and wrongfully attributed it to former Republican senator Tom Coburn. If you read the article, it’s clearly attributed to me as the author (not Tom Coburn) and I’m clearly giving my thoughts on Cruz before citing Coburn’s actual quote later in the article. This isn’t rocket science, folks.
Scavino and Trump both deleted their tweets, without an apology or retraction made by the campaign. Though they were only deleted after they had been humiliated publicly for the mistake.
The first mention of it I found was from CNN’s Jake Tapper who rightfully pointed out that the quote was from me and not the former senator from Oklahoma. It didn’t take long after that before this story was everywhere with practically everyone mocking Trump for trying to claim Cruz is dishonest – while dishonestly attributing my quote as being said by former Sen. Coburn.
To be fair, Coburn did have harsh words for Cruz and other Republicans for blatantly misleading the American people to benefit their own political agenda. But that doesn’t give the Trump campaign the right to misquote him to imply that he said something that he didn’t. They could have easily used his actual quote as an indication that Cruz wouldn’t be an effective president.
Let’s not forget, while Trump did misquote Coburn, in that article the former senator was basically calling out Cruz and other tea party Republicans for being liars. But he’s not the only one to do this. In the past, several other Republicans including former Speaker of the House John Boehner, Rep. Peter King and Sen. John McCain have called out Cruz’s frequent lies. And it’s pretty obvious that almost no one in Washington, Republican or Democrat, can stand the senator from Texas.
While this will probably be forgotten by tomorrow, I couldn’t help but laugh at irony of all of this. The two most unethical and dishonest candidates running for president are in a heated battle to determine who lies the least. When the truth of the matter is, they’re both arrogant pathological liars who’ve proven time and time again that they’ll say or do anything as long as they think it will benefit their political agenda.
Though I think Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham might have said it best, picking between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is kind of like trying to decide if you want to be poisoned or shot.
I think that pretty much sums up just how pathetic it is that these two men are currently leading the GOP presidential race.
And hey Dan Scavino, next time you want the truth about Cruz, Trump or any GOP candidate, feel free to correctly attribute the quote to me. Thanks!