The heated comment is just the latest response from the billionaire mogul after the Texas senator made controversial comments about ‘New York values’.
Trump told ABC‘s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday: ‘I don’t think Ted Cruz has a great chance, to be honest with you.
Donald Trump has ramped up his attack on GOP rival Ted Cruz, saying he is a ‘nasty’ guy that nobody likes. The billionaire mogul told p told ABC ‘s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos: ‘I don’t think Ted Cruz has a great chance, to be honest with you
‘Look, the truth is, he’s a nasty guy. He was so nice to me. I mean, I knew it. I was watching. I kept saying, “Come on Ted. Let’s go, okay.” But he’s a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him.
‘Nobody likes him anywhere once they get to know him. He’s a very – he’s got an edge that’s not good. You can’t make deals with people like that and it’s not a good thing. It’s not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.’
He added: ‘He’s a total hypocrite. How about his fundraising and how about when he does his personal financial disclosure form, and he doesn’t put on that he’s borrowing money from Goldman Sachs? And then today it comes out that he’s also borrowing money from CitiBank and he doesn’t list it.
‘You know why? He wants to look like Robin Hood that he’s the one protecting the people from the banks while he’s actually borrowing money and personally guaranteeing it and not disclosing it, which is illegal.’
On Thursday at the GOP debate, Cruz caused outrage when he said: ‘Everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage,’ Cruz said.
He added that New Yorkers are focused ‘around money and the media’.
‘Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,’ he joked.
On Sunday, Cruz reiterated his comments to Fox News, saying: ‘The rest of the country understands exactly what New York values are.’
Trump, the billionaire New Yorker leading the Republican race, slapped him down with a rousing reminder of New York’s resilience after 9/11, earning swift praise from some of his harshest Democrat detractors.
‘New York is a great place, it’s got great people, it’s got loving people, wonderful people,’ he said.
The heated comment is just the latest response from the billionaire mogul after the Texas senator made controversial comments about ‘New York values’ during the GOP debate on Thursday (pictured)
‘When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely.
‘We rebuilt downtown Manhattan and everybody in the world watched and everybody in the world loved New York and loved New Yorkers.’
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, a former New York senator whose daughter lives in Manhattan, lost no time in reaching across the political divide to support the man whose 2005 wedding she attended.
‘Just this once, Trump’s right: New Yorkers value hard work, diversity, tolerance, resilience and building better lives for our families,’ she tweeted as #NewYorkValues trended on the microblogging site.
Jim Smith, whose police officer wife died on the September 11 attacks invited Cruz to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to ‘perhaps learn something about, the values of New Yorkers and the Heroes who defended American values on September 11, 2001.’
State governor and Democrat, Andrew Cuomo, said Cruz – born in Canada to parents of Irish, Italian and Cuban descent – embodied New York diversity.
Trump also said Cruz (pictured together in September) was a ‘hypocrite’ for not disclosing financial information, including loans he took out from New York banks