Former Sen. Tom Coburn is angry about being quoted in the latest Donald Trump attack on Ted Cruz.
Coburn called the quote an "absolute fabrication."
As part of his never-ending criticism of Cruz, Trump's Twitter feed retweeted and pushed a quote ostensibly from Coburn criticizing Cruz as "one of the most dishonest people" in Washington. Coburn never said this.
During a phone interview with the Washington Examiner, the former Oklahoma senator fired back at Trump.
"It's an absolute fabrication. I've never said that, period," Coburn told the Examiner. "It's unfortunate he would use my name to say something dishonest. It's a total fabrication."
"To me, it's more of loose play with the truth and loose play with the words," Coburn said.
Trump retweeted his social media director Dan Scavino, in turn quoting Coburn talking about the Texas senator. "He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in D.C.," read the quote Scavino attributed to Coburn. However, the quote appears to come directly from progressive website ForwardProgressives.com and writer Allen Clifton, who used the exact language to describe Cruz.
"I've made no secret of my total disdain for Sen. Ted Cruz," Clifton wrote. "He epitomizes everything that's wrong with the Republican party. He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in Washington and, in my opinion, a complete sociopath."
The Cruz campaign did not take Trump's use of the quote lying down, remarking that it is more of the same from the real estate mogul, who currently leads Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio in South Carolina.
"There is a reason 'trumped up' means phony," said Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler of Trump pushing the Coburn non-quote.
Coburn repeated during the call that he does not intend to endorse during the primary battle, citing his work for the Convention of States. However, he made it clear that Trump will not be winning his support any time soon.
"I can tell you now somebody I'm not going to vote for," Coburn added.