Rick Perry Calls Donald Trump’s Candidacy a ‘Cancer On Conservatism Which Must be Clearly Diagnosed, Excised, and Discarded’


In the harshest criticism yet leveled by a fellow presidential candidate, Rick Perry launched a sharply-worded broadside against Donald Trump today.

“Let no one be mistaken, Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded,” Perry said during a speech in Washington, D.C. “It cannot be pacified or ignored for it will destroy a set of principles that has lifted more people out of poverty than any force in the history of the civilized world and that is the cause of conservatism.”

Trump has taken aim against a number of political figures including questioning the war hero status of Arizona Sen. John McCain and calling South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham an “idiot.”

Perry stated Trump was “born into privilege,” and “couldn’t have endured for five minutes what John McCain endured for five-and-a-half years,” causing the audience of roughly 50 to burst into applause.

Trump also drew fire for his remarks about Mexican immigrants last month.

“Donald Trump the candidate is a sore of division, wrongly demonizing Mexican Americans for political sport,” Perry said. “It is wrong to paint with a broad brush Hispanic men and women in this country who have fought and died for freedom from the Alamo to Afghanistan.”

Perry also likened Trump to the defunct “Know-Nothing” party that carried strong anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic sentiments. Perry said he, “scapegoats Hispanics to appeal to our worst instincts.”

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