Mark Cuban visited Your World Tuesday and had some very choice words for Donald Trump. I can almost see those little hands shrinking now!
Fresh from his debate fake out, Mark Cuban threw some more billionaire shade at Trump from the airwaves of Fox News.
First, Cuban explained to host Neil Cavuto that he never had front row tickets for the debate, despite announcing on Twitter, “Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the “Humbling at Hofstra” on Monday. It Is On !” Cuban said his goal was to upset Trump. And he “took the bait, hook, line and sinker,” Cuban now said with a smile.
Thin-skinned Trump countered by threatening to bring Gennifer Flowers; she accepted the invitation and it was left to running mate Mike Pence to clean it up when he announced on Fox News Sunday that Flowers would not be attending. Quite a picture of the kind of dignity and professionalism we can expect from a Trump presidency, eh?
But with all the hoopla, Cuban wound up in the front row after all.
And then after the debate, he didn’t mince words about Trump.
Cuban said he supported Trump until he got the nomination and Cuban saw that policy “just wasn’t of interest to him.” Cuban read up on Clinton, he said, and decided to support her.
Cavuto took a swipe at moderator Lester Holt for being tougher on Trump than Clinton. But Cuban said, “We’re still waiting for a response from [Trump] on what he would do about domestic terrorism,” Cuban said. “He didn’t answer the question.”
Cavuto, of course, tried to spin the debate on behalf of Trump. “Was she almost too exacting?” he asked about Clinton.
“No! Think about what you just said!” Cuban exclaimed. “We’re talking about two candidates for the president of the United States. They were asked a specific question. How can you be too exacting?”
Cuban also smacked down Cavuto’s attempt to excuse Trump stiffing people who worked for him because it was good business. Cuban said he has “Never, never, never, ever, ever, ever” not paid someone.
Cuban also said Trump should have just admitted he was wrong on the birther issue. “If he would just ever say the words, ‘I am wrong,’ the perception of him would change dramatically and you might say, ‘OK, maybe he’s presidential.’ But he can’t do that and because he can’t do that, it’s easy to provoke.”
Cuban also jabbed Trump on his business acumen. “If you truly are going to be successful long term in business, you have to own and learn from your mistakes. And I think there’s ongoing evidence that Donald Trump has not,” Cuban said.
Cavuto kept trying to argue on Trump’s behalf. “But Bobby Knight says he comes from his gut, talking about Donald Trump, and [Clinton] comes from a place of political expediency,” Cavuto said.
Cuban disagreed. “I would say Donald Trump comes from his gut but at some point, you have to add substance. …You can’t just go with gut forever.”
He later described Trump as a candidate who “has to be told what not to say and do in order to seem presidential.”
Finally, Cavuto suggested Cuban was looking for a post in a Clinton administration. But he shot that down and also said he’s “never given a penny” to either the Clinton campaign or the Clinton Foundation.
It’s not that you never hear this kind of criticism of Trump on Fox but it’s very rare to hear it from someone with Cuban's stature. And you know that it packed an extra wallop to Trump given that Cuban is a fellow billionaire and television personality.
Watch it above, from the September 27 Your World.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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