Trump aide defends use of term 'Gestapo' to describe Cruz campaign

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  • Katrina Pierson defended use of the term "Gestapo tactics"
  • A different Trump aide used it Sunday to describe Ted Cruz's campaign strategy

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson defended the use of the term "Gestapo tactics" to describe Ted Cruz's campaign strategy.

"It is a word to define exactly the type of malice that is involved with going after some of these delegates in a very hostile and intimidating way," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday. "I think it's a word that just lets everyone know what he was talking about."
    Trump's new convention manager Paul Manafort on Sunday accused Cruz's campaign of "not playing by the rules," and compared to the campaign's tactics to the Nazi Germany secret police.
    "He's threatening," Manafort said of Cruz on NBC's "Meet the Press." "You go to these county conventions, and you see the tactics, Gestapo tactics, the scorched-earth tactics."
    Pressed by Blitzer, who noted the difference between so-called strong-arm tactics and the Gestapo, who assisted in rounding up millions of Jews and sending them to concentration camps in Nazi Germany.
    "You're talking about a campaign that doesn't really care much for political correctness," Pierson said.