Following Donald Trump's controversial comments along the campaign trail and the announcement of an upcoming visit to the Texas-Mexico border, fellow presidential candidate and former Texas governor Rick Perry let his supporters know that he's not done with Trump just yet.
Perry dedicated a half-hour speech, hosted by his own Opportunity and Freedom PAC, to denouncing Trump, calling him “a sower of discord,” “toxic,” and a “barking carnival act.”
"Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.
“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 – the cause of conservatism.”
Perry also used the opportunity to say that Trump was “wrongly demonizing Mexican-Americans for political sport,” and he “scapegoats Hispanics to appeal to our worst instincts.”
Since Perry began talking about Trump, he's experienced a bit more popularity nationally, but remains tied with Senator Ted Cruz, whose campaign told IJReview they would have loved to have visited the south Texas border with Trump.
IJReview asked if Gov. Perry had any recommendations for Trump's upcoming trip. Perry said:
“I hope he can find the border, because I'm not sure if he's been there before.”
He did offer a few words of advice for his visit:
“If there's one bit of advice that I would give Mr. Trump as he goes to Texas, it is to recognize the fact that it is not the state of Texas or any state's responsibility to be securing the border. That is a federal government's responsibility and a failure of the federal government.”
But it seems like the more Perry and other Republicans talk, the more popular Trump gets.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll reports that Trump was favorite among 24% of registered Republicans and right-leaning independents.