Trump: Cruz a ‘hypocrite’ on bank loans

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Republican primary front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMichelle Obama featured in new Clinton ad Trump camp: Dean 'went straight to the gutter' Arizona newspaper endorses Dem for president for first time MORE says rival Ted CruzTed CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night MORE’s image as a champion of the everyday American doesn’t square with the two $500,000 loans he failed to disclose from big banks to fund his 2012 Senate campaign.
 
“He’s being a great hypocrite, wouldn’t you think?” Trump said Saturday at a Portsmouth, N.H., rally. 
 
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“You know, he talks about he’s going to be Robin Hood, he’s protecting, then it finds out on his personal disclosure form he didn’t disclose that he’s borrowing a lot of money from Goldman Sachs,” he continued.
 
Trump said Cruz’s claims that the lack of disclosure was a “paperwork error” don’t make sense, because Cruz did it for multiple loans.
 
“And he said, oh well he forgot. And then so he forgot about Goldman Sachs, but then today they have another story where he forgot another bank, Citibank, where he forgot,” Trump said.
 
“So he obviously didn’t want the voters to know he is totally controlled lock, stock and barrel by Citibank and by Goldman Sachs. And I think that’s very hypocritical, I’ll be honest with you, I think it’s very, very hypocritical.”
 
The billionaire businessman also said his Republican presidential rival’s attack on “New York values” was a “disgrace,” invoking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
 
“He spoke very disparagingly about the people of New York,” Trump said of Cruz. “And I’ve been with the people of New York for a long time, but when the World Trade Center came down, I watched these incredible people rebuild from the day it came down.
 
“And Ted Cruz criticizes New York and the people of New York is a disgrace,” he added. “I think it’s a total disgrace. A total disgrace.”
 
Trump and Cruz are currently running neck-and-neck in the Iowa caucuses, where voters will cast ballots Feb. 1.