On Ted Cruz: In January 2016, Trump said, “Idon\’t think Ted Cruz has a great chance, to be honest with you. … He\’s a nastyguy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhereonce they get to know him.” In December 2015, “I really do. I likeTed Cruz a lot.”
On Iowans: In January 2016, Trump said, “Ilove Iowa. We\’ve done really well here.” In November 2015, “Howstupid are the people of Iowa?”
On Hillary Clinton: In July 2015, Trump said,”Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of theUnited States.” In March 2012, “Hillary Clinton, I think, is aterrific woman. I mean, I\’m a little biased, because I\’ve known her for years. … I think she really works hard, and I think she does a good job. And I likeher.”
On Megyn Kelly: In December 2011, asked by Fox Newshost Megyn Kelly if he\’d be a better moderator than her, Trump responded,”No, I could never beat you. That wouldn\’t even be close. There would beno contest. You have done a great job, by the way. I mean it.” In January2016, Trump said, “I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly. I don\’t thinkshe\’s really good at what she does. I think she\’s highly overrated.”
The fourth example is particularly damning, because Trump\’sstated reason for not going to Thursday\’s debate is that Kelly is a bad, biasedmoderator — because Trump believes she was unfair to him in the firstRepublican debate last summer. Yet Trump seemingly held a very different viewjust a few years ago, perhaps because it was more convenient for him back then.