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The Donald Trump Seduction Method


TRUMP ON CRUZ, February 20: “Lying #Ted Cruz just came out with a sneak and sleazy robocall. He holds up the Bible, but in fact is a true lowlife pol!”

CRUZ ON TRUMP, March 24: “Donald, you’re a sniveling coward.”

CRUZ ENDORSEMENT, September 23: “After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee Donald Trump.”


TRUMP ON RUBIO, February 26: “Lightweight choker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy onstage. Not presidential material!”

RUBIO ON TRUMP, March 4: “Donald Trump has been perhaps the most vulgar—no, I don’t think ‘perhaps’—the most vulgar person to ever aspire to the presidency.”

RUBIO ENDORSEMENT, May 27: “He campaigned and the voters chose him. I respect that process. And so I’m going to support him. I’m going to vote for him.”


TRUMP ON CARSON, November 12, 2015: “It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper. That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological.”

CARSON ON TRUMP, November 13, 2015: “‘Pray for him.”

CARSON ENDORSEMENT, March 11: “Well, first of all, we buried the hatchet … Some people have gotten the impression that Donald Trump is this person who is not malleable, who does not have the ability to listen, and to take information in and make wise decisions. And that’s not true. He’s much more cerebral than that.” About the child-molester charge, he said on March 16, “You have to admit, to some degree, it did work. A lot of people believed him.”


TRUMP ON CHRISTIE, December 7, 2015: “Look, here’s the story: the George Washington Bridge, he knew about it.”

CHRISTIE ON TRUMP, January 27: “What’s that tell you about what we can expect if things go sideways when you go into the Oval Office? What are you going to do, just go upstairs to the residence and say ‘I’m not playing’? You know, ‘Vladimir Putin isn’t being nice to me, I’m not going to return his phone call.’ ‘The press isn’t being nice to me, I’m not going to hold any more press conferences.’ Basically this is like a 13-year-old argument.”

CHRISTIE ENDORSEMENT, February 26: “I will lend my support between now and November in any way for Donald.”


TRUMP ON FIORINA, September 9, 2015: “Look at that face! Would anyone

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