Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is firing back at Donald Trump, who provoked a cascade of boos when he declared to the Paul-friendly crowd at CPAC that the libertarian Republican Congressman from Texas can’t win a presidential election.
Paul appeared today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and was asked about Trump’s comments attacking his electability.
“Well, you always take that risk when you put your name on the ballot, you know — you could get elected,” Paul responded.” But you know, the other thing is, is that’s what they told me years ago. Because Joe, you’ve known me long enough that I’ve said the things and voted the same way for many years. And they told me that when I first started running for Congress — there’s no way you can run on that platform. You’re sort of obsessed with this Constitution, and you know, you live in the Dark Ages, you can’t be elected.
“So I was elected 11 times. And somebody said, well how many times has Donald Trump been elected? Does he have, really, the right to go and criticize others and say they’re unelectable?”
The key moment occurs at about the 5:25 mark below:
Paul also appeared on CNN, and voiced very much the same sentiment there: “I’ve won eleven times, so I don’t know whether he has earned the right to criticize somebody for not winning an election when I don’t know how many elections he’s won so far himself.”