During a recent interview with Jorge Ramos, former Mexican president Vicente Fox said he won’t pay for any wall Donald Trump wants to build should the business mogul become the next president.
Here are his exact words:
“I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money.”
During an interview following Thursday’s Republican debate, Chris Cuomo asked Trump about Fox’s comments. Trump’s reply was…unexpected:
“Well, I think he should apologize for his foul mouth. I think it’s a disgusting thing that he said. And I could tell you I would not use that word, but if I did use that word, I probably wouldn’t have been allowed on the stage tonight.”
Cuomo pressed Trump, noting the irony in Trump lambasting someone for foul language, but Trump spun, saying:
“Well, I’m just telling you. I don’t know what the problem is. But I think he should apologize to a lot of people who heard that word. That was a very–I heard it this afternoon. I couldn’t believe it.”
You can watch Trump dropping the F-bomb here. You can watch him say “I would bomb the sh*t out of them” here. You can watch him call Rubio’s and Bush’s friendliness “political bullsh*t” here. And here’s a fun little montage of Trump’s bad language, including “p*ssy,” “motherf***er,” and bullsh*t.”
WARNING: Contains graphic language.
Oh yeah, here’s just one of several tweets from Trump that are profane.
Trump is an expert in what I call “lie, deny, and run out the clock.” The perfect example is during his post-debate interview. Cuomo asked him about Vicente Fox using the F-word, and Trump blasted the former president, calling it “disgusting,” “foul,” and saying he “would not use that word.” Lie.
Cuomo showed him a mirror, and Trump replied with a non-sequitur, then demanded an apology from Fox. Deny.
As time is precious in these interviews, Cuomo moved on. Run out the clock.
This strategy works well for Trump because it essentially forces interviewers and moderators to move on to other subjects. If he’s asked about anything controversial he said in the past, he simply lies about it, then denies any further accusations until the clock runs out.
Lie, deny, and run out the clock worked during Thursday’s Houston debate, when Ted Cruz accused Trump of supporting the Libyan intervention, and Trump was seemingly flabbergasted:
“He said that I was in favor of Libya? I never discussed that subject. I was in favor of Libya? We would be so much better off if Qaddafi were in charge right now…You look at Libya right now. ISIS, as we speak, is taking over their oil, as we speak. It’s a total mess. We would have been better off if the politicians took a day off instead of going into war.”
Cruz hit him again, and Trump simply accused Marco Rubio of being a “choke artist,” and called Ted Cruz a “liar.” Then he rambled for a few seconds, said “I rest my case,” and the debate moved on. Lie, deny, and run out the clock. Trump knows that a large portion of the audience will simply move on, and forget about what was said.
But what he said was a flat lie. Trump was in favor of toppling Qaddafi. Here’s a side-by-side:
We can’t continue to let Trump get away with his lie, deny, and run out the clock strategy. If he’s going to go down, we have to take him down. How do we do that? By exposing him to the light. We have to be relentless in showing the people around us his brazen lies. Show them the videos, show them the transcripts, and the tweets.
It’s coming down to the wire, and we can’t have someone like Donald Trump as our nominee.