- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2016

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday said he was retiring the “Lyin’ Ted” nickname he hammered Sen. Ted Cruz with in the Republican primary contest and said it might be a better descriptor for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Crooked Hillary — she is crooked,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in California. “But she lies. She lies so much, and you know it’s sad — she lies so much, but I can’t really use that term because I’ve already used that term. I don’t like to use a term twice.

“But she lies so much and she’s saying all these things like I respect the kid from Korea,” Mr. Trump said, apparently referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “I mean, can you imagine this?”

“But when I watched her speech last night it was so sad, because everything she said was, like, a lie,” he said later. “I wonder if I could start, instead of saying ‘Crooked Hillary,’ which is a very accurate description, I wonder if I could say — you know, remember lyin’, lyin’ — I won’t say ‘Lyin Ted’ — I refuse to say it.”

“Lyin’ Ted,” Mr. Trump said. “Holds that Bible high, puts it down and then he lies. Lyin’ Ted. Well, I’m going to retire that from Ted — I’m not going to call Ted that anymore.

“But I wonder if I could re-do it,” he said. “Because after watching her last night with the lies — that I love the leader of North Korea. The leader of North Korea.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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