August 21, 2015
By Brent Johnson
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley leaves after speaking to members of the media in front of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
TRENTON — The latest target of Donald Trump’s scorn: Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.
On Wednesday, O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, held a news conference front of Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas, where he criticized the billionaire businessman and the rest of the Republican presidential field.
During a television interview that aired on Fox News on Friday, Trump — the GOP frontrunner — took aim at O’Malley, saying he was wrong for apologizing last month after saying “all lives matter.”
“He apologized like a little baby, like a disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby,” Trump said.
“How can you apologize when you say black lives matter, which is true. White lives matter, which is true. All lives (matter), which is true,” continued the real estate mogul, who owns three New Jersey golf courses and once owned three Atlantic City casinos. “And then they get angry because you said white and all … we don’t want you to mention that. What’s he need to apologize for?
Trump is referring to a speech O’Malley gave in St. Louis last month in which protestors began shouting, “Black lives matter!”
“Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter,” O’Malley responded.
He apologized later in the say, saying “that was a mistake on my part, and I meant no disrespect.”
“I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue,” O’Malley said.
Responding to Trump’s remarks Friday, a spokewoman for O’Malley’s campaign told Politico that the former governor has no interest in “engaging in a race to the bottom.”
“Governor O’Malley stands with those who have the guts to stand up to Donald Trump’s hate speech,” O’Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. “It speaks volumes about the Republican Party today that this is their front-runner. Unlike the rest of the Republican field, we’re not interested in engaging in a race to the bottom with Mr. Trump.”
Trump’s comments came two days after O’Malley spoke to reporters in front of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas — surrounded by a handful of Trump employees who are fighting the hotel to join the Culinary Union.
“I want to say that all of these workers here have a lot more guts than the candidates running for president for the Republican nomination,” O’Malley said. “They have the courage to stand up to the hate, to the division, to the sort of rhetoric that actually makes it harder for us to make our economy grow and work well for all Americans.”
O’Malley, one of five Democratic candidates, is facing an uphill battle for the party’s nod. He is polling at only 1 to 3 percent in a race that has largely been seen as a battle between frontrunner Hillary Clinton and challenger Bernie Sanders so far.
Trump, meanwhile, has led his 16 rivals for the Republican nomination in all recent polls. But some critics and fellow contenders say he has run a combative campaign that’s unworthy of the Oval Office. Trump has defended himself by saying he attacks his opponents only if they attack him first.