But that never happened. It was a lie.
When you look at the facts, there is a process in place for eminent domain which was followed in this instance. Ms. Coking ended up keeping her property for years, because Mr. Trump didn’t purchase it, and it ended up saving him a fortune.
The Cruz campaign ran this dishonest ad in Iowa.
But now there is evidence that Ted Cruz supported eminent domain.
Cruz supported eminent domain in Texas in the Keystone Pipeline construction.
The Texas Tribune reported:
In the Republican race for the White House, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has recently discovered the issue of eminent domain — the seizing of private property for the public good or economic development — is fertile ground for attacking real estate mogul Donald Trump.
After all, Trump once invoked the tool when trying to oust an elderly widow from her property in Atlantic City, where he wanted to build a limousine parking lot for one of his casinos
Eminent domain is a “fancy term for politicians seizing private property to enrich the fat cats who bankroll them — like Trump,” a recent Cruz ad states.
To Julia Trigg Crawford, the attack sounded odd coming from Cruz, who didn’t speak out when TransCanada, a Canadian pipeline company, invoked eminent domain to build part of the Keystone XL pipeline through her 600-acre farm on the Texas side of the Red River. Instead, Cruz supported the company’s effort.
“It certainly seems incongruous to me,” the northeast Texan said. “He is allowing a foreign corporation for a for-profit pipeline to take land from more American citizens against their will.”…
…Cruz’s unwavering support for pipeline projects that rely on eminent domain suggests a disconnect between his view of a company using that tool for energy development and one using it for buildings or other structures. It also illustrates the tough terrain candidates walk when advocating for property rights — particularly in Texas, where they frequently clash with energy interests.