This is retired Republican Senator Tom Coburn…
Earlier this month, Team Trump circulated a quote from Tom Coburn, calling Cruz “dishonest”.
Coburn angrily denied it:
It’s an absolute fabrication. I’ve never said that, period,” Coburn told the Examiner. “It’s unfortunate he would use my name to say something dishonest. It’s a total fabrication.
Cruz demanded an apology:
The Trump campaign tweeted out a made-up quote from Senator Coburn impugning my integity..
To paraphrase the media reax:
See, see! Trump lied again! But voters just won’t listen to our unbiased fact-checking!!!!
But, in point of fact, Coburn has repeatedly impugned Cruz’s integrity.
In the following clip from 2013, Coburn:
(1) Does not deny that he accused Cruz of “misleading” voters, and
(2) Accuses Cruz of being “not intellectually honest”, and lacking integrity…
A charge Coburn has repeated on numerous occasions since.