- The Washington Times - Friday, March 18, 2016

The Ted Cruz campaign is circulating a 2011 video clip of late Breitbart News founder and conservative icon Andrew Breitbart telling Fox News’s Juan Williams that Donald Trump is not a conservative.

In the 10-second clip posted to Mr. Cruz’s YouTube account, Mr. Williams asks, “Andrew, is Donald Trump a conservative?”

“Of course he’s not a conservative,” Breitbart, who died in 2012, responded. “He was for Nancy Pelosi before he was against Nancy Pelosi.

“Celebrity is everything in this country. If these guys don’t learn how to play the media the way Barack Obama played the media last election cycle and the way that Donald Trump is playing the election cycle — we’re going to probably get a celebrity candidate,” Breitbart told Fox at the time, The Daily Caller reported.

Mr. Trump entertained the idea of running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination but bowed out in May 2011 in order to continue hosting NBC’s “The Apprentice.”

The video’s release happened amid a scandal at Breitbart News, which has been accused by conservative critics of becoming a mouthpiece for the Trump campaign. Six staff members, including the spokesman and the editor-at-large, resigned in the last week, in the fallout after Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields filed a misdemeanor battery charge against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

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