There’s a rather old rule that Jews and Christians have followed for thousands of years: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Someone may need to remind the Ted Cruz campaign of that particular Commandment.
Despite the very public face of Sen. Cruz’s fall-to-his-knees-at-a-moment’s-notice style of Christianity, rival Republican candidate for the presidency Dr. Ben Carson is accusing the Cruz camp of “lies” and “dirty tricks” in yesterday’s Iowa caucuses. As reported by NBC News on Feb. 1, 2016, and Fox News, on Feb. 2, 2016, the normally calm and collected retired neurosurgeon was uncharacteristically fired up when word reached him that Cruz’s people were telling blatant falsehoods at more than a few caucus sites throughout the Hawkeye State.
“I was reasonably happy today, until I, you know, discovered the dirty tricks going on — spreading rumors I had dropped out,” Carson said on caucus night. His campaign told MSNBC they’d had “confirmed reports” of Cruz supporters telling voters at caucus sites that Carson had in fact ended his candidacy, thusly dropping out of the race.
Early Monday evening, Carson announced that he would be heading to his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. to “get a fresh set of clothes.” Candidate Carson has reportedly been living out of a suitcase for the past 18 days.
Nonetheless, Cruz supporter Iowa Rep. Steve King told followers on Twitter that “Carson looks like he is out.” According to the time stamp on King’s tweet, his message went out at 8:20 PM. The vast majority of the caucuses where still preparing to cast their votes.
CNN also reported at the same time that the major networks were declaring Cruz the victor that one of his Iowa HQ honchos Spence Rogers had sent precinct captains an e-mail during the caucus “hinting that Carson planned to leave the race,” despite the fact that Carson’s campaign said he would continue.
“Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week,” the email, acquired by CNN, read. “Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.”
Using his harshest language to date, Carson held little back. “For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it,” Carson said in a statement. “Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign – in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.”
“I was reasonably happy today, until I, you know, discovered the dirty tricks going on — spreading rumors I had dropped out,” Carson said on Monday night. “That’s the reason I got into this race, looking at the level of deceit and distrust going on in country.”
“If Ted Cruz doesn’t know about this, then he clearly needs to very quickly get rid of some people in his organization,” Carson said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “And if he does know about it, isn’t this the exact kind of thing that the American people are tired of? Why would we want to continue with that kind of shenanigan?”