By: Jason Fisher, Xiro Xone News February 17, 2016
Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz isn't intimidated by Donald Trump's threats to sue him over a recent campaign ad that targets the Gop front runner.
"I have to say to Mr. Trump, you have been threatening frivolous lawsuits for your entire adult life," said Cruz in a press conference today. "Even in the annals of frivolous lawsuits, this takes the cake."
A lawyer for Trump sent the Cruz campaign a cease-and-desist letter saying that Cruz’s campaign ad "Supreme Trust” is “completely disingenuous” and “replete with outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications.”
The ad, that aired statewide in South Carolina on Sunday, opens with the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing and the liberties at stake. Then, it plays bits of Trump’s 1999 interview with Tim Russert where Trump says he is pro-choice. The ad ends with a narrator saying, "We cannot trust Donald Trump with these serious decisions.”
Cruz, a lawyer who has tried cases before the Supreme Court, at a presser, attempted to play down the case and at the same time paint Trump as pro-choice.
"I look forward to any lawsuit and let me note by the way, one of the things I look forward to most of all is deposing Donald Trump. And for that particular endeavor I may not use outside counsel. I may take the deposition myself. And I will say this: Whether in a deposition or in a court of law, getting Donald Trump under oath, under penalty of perjury, answering these questions? Well I’ll point out it didn't work very well for Bill Clinton. Donald Trump does not want to be under oath answering questions about his own record because his position quite simply is that anyone who points to his record is somehow lying,” Cruz said.
Trump responded with a statement saying that Cruz is "a liar and these ads and statements made by Cruz are clearly desperate moves by a guy who is tanking in the polls.”
The statement reiterated that Trump is pro-life, an advocate of the Second Amendment and that he would nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice to fill a vacancy on the court. He also threatened again to sue the Canadian-born Cruz over his eligibility to be president.
“If I want to bring the lawsuit regarding Senator Cruz being a natural-born Canadian I will do so. Time will tell, Teddy,” the statement read.