Kentucky Senator and Libertarian favorite Rand Paul has a new campaign strategy — attempting to take down Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Paul’s campaign on Monday issued an email to reporters on a conference call specifically dedicated to Donald Trump. Earlier in an op-ed for IJ Review, Paul called Trump a “fake conservative,” attacking Trump on his flip-flopping on conservative issues over the past several years.
“This is a guy who said in 1999 that he was a strong supporter of the United Nations. He was for partial birth abortion before he was against it. He lavished praise on the bank bailouts. He was for Obamacare before he was against it and has said he’s liberal on health care,” wrote Paul.
During the conference call, Rand Paul wasted no time slamming the real-estate mogul for being an “empty suit bully” as outrage grew against the frontrunner’s post-debate performance. Paul also talked about Trump’s recent round of controversial statements, including the “blood” comment directed at Megyn Kelly which many have interpreted as sexist.
In the conference call, Paul says he is going after Trump because he “doesn’t stand for anything.”
“I think it’s time someone does stand up and really calls his nonsense,” Paul said. “Are we going to fix the country simply through bombastic and empty blather? I think it is time someone challenges him. If no one stands up to a bully, a bully will just keep doing what they are doing, I’m happy to do it.”
Citing the Tea Party as his deep commitment to “flush out the fake conservatives from the Republican ranks,” Paul said the Tea Party was “unhappy with the Washington machine where politicians are bought and sold and many are still unhappy with this idea where Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton seem to profited from their public office years.”
“People gravitated towards Trump due to his truth-telling, but I think someone needs to point out that the truth-telling really is that the emperor has no clothes. The truth-telling is bluster, the truth-telling is a non sequitur, self-aggrandizement,” Paul said.
Since the debate, Trump is still leading in the polls in the Republican field. However, poll numbers for Rand Paul slipped to 3% after the debate. This could be due in part to his performance during the debate when, after Trump raised his hand after being asked about a 3rd Party run, Rand furiously said, “This is what’s wrong! He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons, so if he doesn’t run as a Republican, maybe he supports Clinton, or maybe he runs as an independent. But I’d say that he’s already hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians.”
On Monday’s conference call, a reporter asked Paul if he was concerned about his numbers dropping further if he criticizes Trump. Paul responded, “Unless someone points out that the emperor has no clothes, they’ll continue to strut about and what we’ll end up with is a reality TV star as the nominee if we’re not careful.”
So far there has been no statement or comment from Trump or his campaign about Paul’s recent attacks. But stay tuned, we all know Trump will not remain quiet about this for long.