Trump Says ‘Nasty’ Cruz ‘Lies,’ Suggests He May Skip Fox Debate Over Megyn Kelly

But is Trump the one being less-than-truthful about an eminent domain case?

By The Stream Published on January 25, 2016

In a new interview with CNN, Donald Trump unloaded on the “nasty” Ted Cruz and threatened to bail on Thursday’s Fox News debate because of the “unfair” moderator Megyn Kelly.

“I don’t like her,” Trump said of Kelly. “She doesn’t treat me fairly.” When pressed by Wolf Blitzer if he was “100 percent” committed to participating, Trump hedged. “They’ll see, if I think I’m going to be treated unfairly, I’ll do something else,” he said, “But I don’t think she can treat me fairly, actually.”

As for Cruz, Trump claimed “he’s a nasty person” and “every other senator thinks he’s a whack-job.” Trump went on to charge his top rival for the GOP nomination is a liar.

“He tells lies,” said Trump, “I mean he says I knocked down some woman’s home. He’s got bulldozers. I never knocked down her home. She didn’t want it.” Trump went on to offer a full-throated defense of eminent domain, saying without it,”You wouldn’t have roads, you wouldn’t have airports, you wouldn’t have hospitals, you wouldn’t have schools.”

None of which Trump was building when he went after Vera Coking, whose Atlantic City home stood in the way of his plans for a limousine waiting area and parking lot for his Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. The Daily Wire reminded readers of the Coking saga in a story out Monday titled, “Meet the Lady Donald Trump Tried to Push Off Her Land.”

In 1998 Trump tried to have her house condemned. The feisty senior citizen fought back, telling the New York Daily News, “If Trump thinks I’m gonna die tomorrow, he’s having himself a pipe dream. I’m going to be here a long, long time. I’ll stay just to see he’s not getting my house.” Coking would also call him a “maggot, a cockroach and a crumb.” However, as The Daily Wire reports, the builder sees himself as the hero of the story.

In 2014, Trump said that he offered Coking millions of dollars for her three-story clapboard home, blustering, “She could have lived happily ever after in Palm Beach, Florida; instead, she was an impossible person to deal with.”

Not true, said Coking’s grandson Ed Casey. He told The Press of Atlantic City in 2013:

That was a great victory for her. They wanted to take her house for pennies and throw her out on the street. My grandmother wasn’t looking for publicity and she wasn’t opposed to selling. There were lots of rumors that she was offered millions of dollars. None of them were true. There was never a serious offer made.

Incidentally, the hotel barely outlasted the house. After moving to California, Coking sold the building to billionaire Carl Icahn in August 2014. Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino closed in September 2014.

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