Trump responded by saying that the former Texas governor should not be allowed on the stage because he lacks the “energy,” “brain power” and “toughness” to run a successful presidential campaign.
“I think that he's trying so hard,” Trump told the Daily Mail, “but it's not about trying. It's about energy, it's about brainpower, it's about toughness.”
The harsh words are likely due to the fact that Perry has been a tough critic of Trump — perhaps the harshest in the GOP. Perry recently called Trump’s competition a “cancer on the conservative party,” criticised his racist views on immigration, and was very vocal with his condemnation of Trump’s comments about John McCain.
The proud Texan and former Air Force captain isn’t backing down though.
"Let's get a pull-up bar out there and let's see who can do the most pull-ups," Perry said to a cheering crowd on Wednesday.
Probably a smart challenge on Perry’s part. Lifting that big head and inflated ego over a bar might prove impossible for the Donald, but it could make for a superb reality TV special.