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“One of the things that’s going on in the race that I think is puzzling is that Trump’s trying to run as an outsider and a truth teller, when in reality he’s the consummate insider who buys and sells politicians like he buys and sells other commodities,” Paul told Buzzfeed.
“So we’ve got this guy and it’s like, what is he famous for?” Paul said. “He’s famous for buying politicians.”
Paul also reportedly described Trump several times as “the guy with the big hair” and questioned his conservative principles in campaign speeches over the weekend.
“I can’t imagine Donald Trump even knows what a tea party is,” Paul said, referring to the grassroots conservative movement, according to the Washington Post.
“Where is our sense? Where is our common sense? This is a guy who was pro-choice before he was pro-life. This is a guy who was liberal before he was conservative. This is a guy who was a Democrat before he was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was an independent before was a Republican again.”
Paul made a similar statement in the opening minutes of the first Republican primary debate, interrupting the business mogul on the first question after Trump would not promise to stay out of the race as a third-party candidate.
“He buys and sells politicians of all stripes,” Paul said at the debate Thursday night. “He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons. So if he doesn’t run as a Republican, maybe he supports Clinton, or maybe he runs as an independent. He’s already hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians.”
Several GOP primary contestants have recently gone on the offensive against Trump.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Trump was driving Republican voters away by attacking Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
“What Donald Trump said is wrong,” Bush told the audience at RedState Gathering, a conservative political conference in Atlanta. “Mr. Trump should apologize.”
Former Texas governor Rick Perry has repeatedly called for Trump to drop out of the presidential race, citing his uneven temperament.
“Attacking veterans, Hispanics and women demonstrates a serious lack of character and basic decency,” Perry said.