The cable news networks are trying to pick a fight between billionaires Mark Cuban and Donald Trump, whose feud dates back to at least 2004. But buried beneath the headlines is the truth -- Cuban thinks Trump is the best thing to happen to presidential politics in decades.
This is like McCoy endorsing Hatfield.
The CNBC Headline screamed: "Mark Cuban says he could 'crush' Donald Trump."
The story said:
"There is no question the game has changed and Donald has a much stronger command of it than the rest of the candidates," Cuban told CNBC.
Cuban has praised Trump's campaign style in the past, calling him "the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time" back in July.
He also wished Trump well at his campaign rally Monday night, which is taking place at the American Airlines Center -- home to the Cuban-owned Dallas Mavericks.Hmm. As much as the media would love to turn the race into a three-rung circus, Cuban is on Trump's side, tweeting Trump: "have a great event tonight @AACenter. The buzz in Dallas is amazing. You will crush it !"
That is a far cry from 2004 when Cuban's reality show "The Benefactor" cratered and Trump said, "I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been canceled for lack of ratings. When I initially called you to congratulate you on The Benefactor, little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you. If you ever decide to do another show, please call me and I will be happy to lend a helping hand."
And on May 14, 2013, Trump tweeted: "I watched Mark Cuban on Jay Leno last night - what a jerk!" Apparently Cuban said something about Trump and his home/resort, to which Trump also responded, "Dummy @mcuban made up a story about a visit to Mar-a-Lago last night on Leno. It never happened — I don’t talk that way."
Cuban has turned the other cheek, and the Dallas Morning News has the quotes, including this: “I have to honestly (say) he is probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long long time. I don’t care what his actual positions are. I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
But Cuban has not decided who to endorse in the race. It does show Cuban has an open mind.