What made Donald Trump back off his description of Ted Cruz as a “maniac”? The same thing that’s made many other more traditional Republican politicians back off from their own positions: powerful right-wing radio hosts. John Amato flags Trump’s explanation:
Kurtz: But after the maniac comment, two powerful voices in radio, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, generally been supportive of you...
Trump: Two great guys..
Kurtz: Yea, said, criticized you for taking on Cruz. Did that make you rethink it a little?
Trump: Well, I like those two people. They've been very supportive and it did. It made me think about it a little bit because Mark and Rush have been so nice to me and, and I did think about it a little bit.
Mr. Tough Guy, there, who loves to talk about how only he could take on ISIS and be a strong leader who’d make the world cower before the United States and so on. But Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh can make him cuddle up to a competitor he thinks is a maniac. Boy, that kind of strong stance should have ISIS running scared (while playing videos of Trump as recruiting tools).