WEST ALLIS -- Donald Trump lashed hard and often at competitor Ted Cruz during a Sunday night rally as he predicted a win in Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday.
“Wisconsin is really important,” he said, during an hourlong speech in the gym of Nathan Hale High School. “If we can win Wisconsin on Tuesday, we’re going to blow them out the rest of the way. If we can win Wisconsin, you’re going to be so proud of this country.”
Trump downplayed Cruz’s event Sunday evening in Eau Claire with Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Carly Fiorina. He also suggested the Texas senator was illegally running TV ads against him through a PAC, saying Cruz’s “negative ads against me” are produced by “crooked people, they’re dishonest people.”
Trump also complained about Gov. John Kasich for staying in the race, saying he has only won one primary, in Kasich’s home state of Ohio.
“Go to the convention and announce you want to be president,” Trump said. “But you shouldn’t be littering up the process, because that’s what he’s doing. It’s really a disgrace. If he’s doing it, then Marco and all of these other guys should be just staying in. It’s really not fair. He’s one and 29 or 30 or something.”
The speech was interrupted by protesters, including one who stood and shouted, “Trump, the people of West Allis reject you! They reject you!”
“Get him out,” Trump said. Supporters shook their fists at the man as he was escorted out. A bit later, when another protester shouted, Trump said, “Isn’t this fun?”
Trump drew applause when he talked about trade – an issue identified by many of the supporters waiting in line to see the businessman’s speech.
“I’m going to bring your jobs back,” he told the crowd.
Trump singled out Carrier, a maker of air-conditioning equipment, as an example of a corporation he’d be tough with in retaliation for moving jobs to Mexico. He said the president “is not supposed to be calling an air-conditioning company. But I do it so well and it’s so easy.” Trump suggested he would sarcastically congratulate the head of Carrier on the move to Mexico before saying he buys a lot of their air conditioners, “I’m not buying any more.” He would then tack on a tax of 35 percent on “every single air-conditioning unit that you make that comes into the United States.”
“I’m going to say the same thing to Ford, and I’m going to say the same thing to other companies,” he shouted, to loud applause.
In contrast, Trump predicted that if Cruz becomes president, he will be influenced by “Cruz lobbyists,” who will say, “You can’t do that, we raised a lot of money for you.
We want Carrier to be left alone.” And that’s the end of it,” said Trump.
“With me, I didn’t take any of their money, I don’t want their money; I turned down tens of millions of dollars,” adding, “I feel stupid doing it. My whole life is ‘Take, take, take. Greedy, greedy, I want more, greedy! Now, I want more for the United States. I’m going to be taking for us.”