Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz a hypocrite, teases Scott Brown as veep candidate

Saturday’s “Backyard BBQ’’ was a bit different.

Donald Trump speaks Saturday beside his host, former Sen. Scott Brown, at a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Donald Trump speaks Saturday beside his host, former Sen. Scott Brown, at a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. –Brian Snyder / REUTERS

There are many way to describe Donald Trump.

“Business leader. Real estate leader. Father. Husband, Philanthropist.’’

Those were a few, from former Massachusetts senator and current New Hampshire resident Scott Brown. Introducing Trump at a rally Saturday in Portsmouth, Brown tacked on one more:

“The next president of the United States.’’

Despite those words, Brown is not yet returning Trump’s endorsement from last year. According to The Boston Globe, the former senator, who lost in 2014 to New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, says he will wait a few weeks to officially endorse a Republican primary candidate.

The rally was the latest “No BS Backyard BBQ’’ hosted by Brown and his wife, Gail Huff. The couple have had nine other Republican candidates come to their property in Rye to speak to voters.

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However, due to the crowd size and weather, Saturday’s “backyard BBQ’’ was moved to a local Toyota dealership — with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and donuts, rather than the usual beer and hot dogs.

Speaking in front of hundreds inside the dealership, Trump was happy to announce it was the biggest crowd Brown had yet hosted during the primary campaign season, despite the snowy weather.

“Absolutely is, Donald,’’ Brown confirmed. “And I think they’ll actually shovel your plane out for you to help you get off.’’

As he does in New England, Trump began by paying homage to the local hero.

“First thing I have to do, because he’s an amazing guy, an amazing champion, and a really nice person: Tom Brady. Come on Tom. You gotta win, Tom.’’ Trump said, noting Saturday afternoon’s playoff game.

The crowd cheered.

“I was thinking about, just to see if you’re really Trump fans, I was gonna keep you here beyond 4 o’clock,’’ he joked.

Trump went on to hit his new favorite target, fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, despite the New York real estate mogul’s initial relunctance to do so.

“A lot of people do not like Ted, to put it mildly, and I said ‘Am I the only person who thinks he’s a nice guy?’ Trump said. “So as it turned out he finally went off the wagon a little bit.’’

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For the first time in a debate Thursday, Trump and Cruz clashed over Cruz’s presidential eligibility, as well as the Texas senator’s comments deriding “New York values.’’

Trump called Cruz, also perceived as a poltical outsider, “a great hypocrite’’ Saturday for this failure to diclose loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank during his 2012 Senate campaign.

“He obviously didn’t want the voters to know he is totally controlled — lock, stop, and barrel — by Citibank and by Goldman Sachs,’’ he said. “And I think that’s very hypocritical. I’ll be honest with you; I think it’s very, very hypocritical.’’

After an abbreviated version of his stump speech and questions from the audience, as selected by Brown, Trump’s plane was wheels up back to New York, but not with out floating Brown as a potential veep candidate.

“Vice president – hey, that sounds like it could, hey, hey, very good,’’ Trump said. “You know what? And he’s central casting. Look at that guy.’’

Brown reiterated to reporters, per NBC news, that he’s staying neutral in the race for now, but said Trump is “up there and there are some great people running.’’

“We’ve had just a great time with our barbecue series,’’ he added.

Though Tuesday’s event back at Brown’s barn, featuring Cruz, might be a little awkward.