SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Former New York Gov. George Pataki brought out the long knives for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump at CNN’s first round of the Republican debates Wednesday night.
When asked by CNN debate moderator Hugh Hewitt if he broke a pledge when he stated on Twitter that he would support the Republican nominee no matter who it was and later said he would not support Trump as the Republican nominee, Pataki disagreed with Hewitt’s assertion.
“No, no. Not at all. I have not broken the pledge because Donald Trump is not going to be the nominee,” he said. “This is an important election with an enormous number of challenges here and the first four questions are about Donald Trump.”
When asked if he would support the Democratic nominee if it turns out to be Hillary Clinton, he responded he would not and added, “He’s not going to be the nominee.”
“Let me just say this flat out. Donald Trump is unfit to be the Republican nominee for president,” the former governor declared.
Pataki then went after Trump for casinos of the New York businessman that went under in Atlantic City.
“He says he’s going to make America great again? He invested four casinos in Atlantic City and he said, essentially, I’m gonna make Atlantic City great again. Every single one of those casinos went bankrupt. Over 5000 Americans lost their jobs,” he said. “And you know people who have lost their jobs and the pain that causes. He didn’t lose anything. He will do for America what he did for Atlantic City.”
Pataki spokesman David Catalfamo told The Daily Caller before the debate about Trump, “People think they see the guy on [reality] TV is the guy who is going to be president. It’s a show. It’s fake and as people get to know that it is fake, they’re going to reject Donald Trump.”
Trump previously attacked Pataki and described him as “terrible” governor for the state of New York.
Catalfamo responded sarcastically, “He’s an awful governor who Trump did projects with–who numerous times on the record said he was a great governor. He invited him to his wedding. It’s politics. That’s all it is.”