Trump Goes After ‘Loser’ Kristol On Third-Party Candidacy
Donald Trump on Tuesday called Republican conservative activist William Kristol a loser for pushing a third-party candidate to run against Trump and Hillary Clinton in the fall.
“Bill Kristol is a loser. His magazine is failing, as you know,” Trump said during an unrelated press conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday.
Trump’s response came after Bristol teased his Twitter followers over the weekend, “There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.” In response Trump called him a “dummy” and explained that such a move would result in the election of Clinton and the appointment of liberal justices to the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Trump went after Kristol’s credibility as he railed against the “dishonest press” for covering his shtick. “Kristol’s the one who said, ‘Trump will never run.’ The guy’s not a smart person,” Trump told reporters. “He said, ‘Donald Trump will never run.’ Remember? Do you remember? I actually blame you, why do you put this guy on television? I see him on the different shows. He’s got no credibility. He looks like such a fool.”
“I don’t think anybody with a reputation would do it because they’d look like fools. But what you’re going to do is you lose the election for the Republicans, and therefore you lose the Supreme Court,” he explained.
Kristol responded in kind while on trip to Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post. “I gather Donald Trump said I’m a loser,” he tweeted. “I’ve won some and I’ve lost some, but one thing I’ve always tried not to be is a roaring jackass.”
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Bristol said he finds it “depressing” and “distressing” that “Trump does this kind of thing.”