From The Note at abcnews:
What started out as a simple dismissive email from Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul rejecting a Donald Trump-moderated debate has turned into a full blown war of words between the two men.
The exchange got personal, with Paul questioning Trump’s financial competency, accusing him of mismanaging his finances, and Trump issuing a statement saying Paul was “willing to lie” and “either very jealous of Mr. Trump, stupid, or a combination of both.”
The exchanged started earlier today when Paul joined fellow presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman in bowing out of a Trump-moderated presidential debate sponsored by conservative website Newsmax.com and planned for Dec. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paul’s campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, distributed a scathing press release saying that Trump’s participation “is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.”
Like the past debates have been presidential and dignified!
Benton called the choice of Trump as a moderator “wildly inappropriate” and said his presence at the debate will “contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.”
“Therefore, our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend,” Benton concluded.
Trump did not take the rejection well.
In a statement to ABC News, Trump called Paul “a clown-like candidate” who has “inconsequential poll numbers or a chance of winning.”
Trump’s reply prompted another statement from the Paul campaign.
In it Benton suggested that if Trump wanted to be taken seriously by Republicans, he needs to quit the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice” in which he stars.
“If he gets his act together, President Paul might consider getting his advice on fixing our country’s financial situation,” writes Benton in an email to ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston. “We understand Donald has a lot of experience with bankruptcy.”
“By making such an absurd comment, Mr. Paul is either very jealous of Mr. Trump, stupid or a combination of both,” said Michael D. Cohen, Executive Vice President and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump
The statement denies that Trump ever went bankrupt, adding that he “used the laws of the country on a few companies that he owned, owned small pieces of or bought to his benefit.”
The two have never really had much of a relationship. At the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year, Trump proclaimed that Paul had “zero chance” of getting elected president, which drew loud boos from the Paul supporters in the audience.
Paul shot back that he’s been elected in Texas 11 times — something Trump hasn’t even accomplished once.
Then they flung poo at each other.
In other news, according to a Tea Party site as well as Newsmax, both of which I refuse to link to, report that Michele Botox Batshit Bachmann and Rick Frothy Santorum have agreed to be at the debate and kiss Donald Trump’s nasty ass. Newt Gingrich was the first to agree to appear. Mittsie is till deciding if he should say yes and then change his answer to no, or vice versa.