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Rick Perry: Presidential Clinger

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FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR TROLLS DONALD TRUMP

|| By FITSNEWS || We’ve written extensively in recent days about the forces propelling the 2016 presidential candidacy of Donald Trump … as well as the mass establishment freakout his campaign has spawned.

Trump is a pariah to the left.  And to the media.  And to his rivals for the “Republican” presidential nomination.

Like him or not, Trump has so thoroughly upended the tightly controlled “red versus blue” debate the Washington, D.C. establishment was hoping to have (again) this year, other GOP candidates have been reduced to one-upping themselves with “Trump hate.”

Take former Texas governor Rick Perry, whose 2012 campaign flamed out due to the intellectual limitations of the candidate and whose 2016 bid has gone absolutely nowhere.

Not content with relentlessly trolling Trump on social media, Perry upped the ante this week during a visit to the seat of the empire in Washington, D.C.

“He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued,” Perry said of the surprise frontrunner. “Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”

Whoa …

Writing for liberal website Salon, Simon Maloy pounced on Perry’s remarks.

“I’m all for calling out Trump and saying as many nasty things as can possibly be said about him, but let’s be clear about something,” Maloy wrote.  “Trump isn’t a problem for Republicans because he represents a perversion of conservatism. He’s a problem because he represents conservatism too well.”

Ding.

This is a simple equation: The more GOP establishment figures like Perry assail Trump, the dumber they look – and the more they alienate the voters Trump is inspiring.

Sure, such a strategy may ultimately result in one of them (not Perry) getting the GOP nomination, but haven’t the last two election cycles established the relative worthlessness of that title?

In the meantime, Perry comes off looking more like a stage five clinger than a legitimate critic.

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