What Is The "Trump Tape" That Ted Cruz Referred To In His Super Tuesday Speech?
Ted Cruz thinks the New York Times has a tape that could keep Donald Trump from securing the Republican presidential nomination. Now, with back-up from Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney, he's leading the call to bring it out in the open. So, exactly what is the "Trump Tape" that Cruz is talking about?
Back in January, Donald Trump attended an editorial board meeting with the Times in order to make a case for why he deserved the paper's endorsement. He was unsuccessful, and the board endorsed John Kasich. In that same endorsement, the board wrote:
But apparently he went even further. During an off-the-record portion of the meeting, sources told Buzzfeed News, Trump reportedly implied that his hardline views on immigration were actually not as inflexible as he made them sound. Given that erecting a big, beautiful wall between the U.S. and Mexico is a cornerstone of his campaign, this could be, as the Donald would say, yuuuuuuuuuge.
The New York Times would not comment on the off-the-record remark unless Trump gave them permission to, and so far, he has not.
Before Super Tuesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters, saying:
Now that Trump has swept the majority of the Super Tuesday, the release of this tape, if it is what Cruz thinks it is, could be the only thing to hold him back from the nomination. It seems highly unlikely that he'd allow the Times to release it if there's anything damning in it. But Trump is unpredictable. We'll just have to wait and see, or, alternatively, try to become best friends with the editorial board member/generally awesome writer Gail Collins, to find out what she knows.