As per usual, Donald Trump has one set of rules for himself and one for everyone else, snarling on Monday that Ted Cruz's father should not have the freedom to say anything bad about him. Then he turned around and claimed Rafael Cruz was involved in the JFK assassination.
After Ted Cruz’s father Rafael pleaded with believing Christians to support his son, Trump slammed him, saying that it was a disgrace for Cruz to say that the election of Trump could contribute to the destruction of America. Rafael Cruz had stated from the pulpit:
I implore, I exhort every member of the body of Christ to vote according to the word of God and vote for the candidate that stands on the word of God and on the Constitution of the United States of America. And I am convinced that man is my son, Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America.
Stung, Trump pouted:
I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to do it. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to say it … You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they’re backing me more so than they’re backing Cruz, and I’m winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And just — and so many people are angry about it. And the evangelicals are angry about it, the way he does that. But I think it's horrible. I think it's absolutely horrible that a man can go and do that, what he's saying there.
Trump then savaged Rafael Cruz, alleging his involvement in the JFK assassination, a charge initially made by the Trump-supporting National Enquirer.
Trump’s fascistic attitude toward free speech has been amply demonstrated during the campaign; the notoriously thin-skinned celebrity has made numerous comments about restricting criticism of him. As Stephen Miller of National Review pointed out in March:
During a Republican debate, Trump came out against the Supreme Court’s pro–free speech decision in Citizen United. On more than one occasion, he has expressed his desire to “open up” libel laws so he can punish journalists who write “mean” things about him. He has urged the FCC to suspend his critics on television. On social media, he has demanded that his critics be fired, much to the delight of his mob of anonymous supporters, who flood the accounts of those Trump has singled out.
"I think it's absolutely horrible that a man can go and do that, what he's saying there."
Donald trump, whining about being criticized again
Trump has said he’s “gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.”
If he does that, after all the scurrilous remarks he has made, he find himself being sued more than the other way around.