Last Thursday night, Donald Trump, deciding he would turn his attention to the general election, threw a fastball down the middle on Twitter, unaware that someone in the batter’s box was prepared to swat the pitch out of sight.
Trump reared back and hurled this: “Hillary Clinton has been involved in corruption most of her professional life!”
But what Trump thought was a 95 mph bullet turned out to be more akin to a 30 mph soft-pitch softball lob, providing Ted Cruz the opportunity to wallop the pitch somewhere out in the hinterlands. Cruz bludgeoned Trump’s Eephus pitch, firing back on Twitter, “Then why did you contribute thousands of dollars to her?”
As POLITICO has reported:
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner and former New York senator who had some say over policy that could have impacted Trump’s vast business dealings, received donations from both him and son Donald Trump Jr. on separate occasions in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007, according to state and federal disclosure records. Trump has also been generous with the Clinton Foundation, donating at least $100,000, according to the non-profit.
“Then why did you contribute thousands of dollars to her?”
The Daily Beast reported in January that despite Trump’s avowed fondness for veterans, “The Donald J. Trump Foundation … has given more to the Clintons than to the troops.”
It should be of note that Trump avows that Clinton has virtually always been corrupt. This is the same guy who has lamely tried to explain his financial support of her by asserting, “I support politicians. In 2008, I supported Hillary Clinton, I supported many other people, by the way, and that was because of the fact that I’m in business.”
Cruz was spot-on: Trump’s accusation of Hillary Clinton’s corruption plus his financial support of her while she was corrupt makes his remark one of the most hypocritical remarks in recent political history.