This is a presidential election, not a mob hit.

That was the basic message Senator Ted Cruz had for his hay-haired opponent, Donald Trump.

The message came in an interview with Glenn Beck, where Cruz alluded to some of Trump’s less-than-savory connections:

“Donald now has a consistent pattern of inciting violence, of Donald and his henchmen pushing for violence. Donald needs to understand he’s not Michael Corleone. I understand that Donald has had some very shady business deals with people that are currently in prison, mobsters. But the presidency should not be La Cosa Nostra.”

Cruz hit Trump on everything from the behavior of his cultists, who have taken to harassing and threatening Colorado GOP officials, to the bizarre, un-American decision by Trump to have his supporters at one rally pledge allegiance to him.

“This is the United States of America. We don’t pledge allegiance to a man. We pledge allegiance to a flag. We take an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. But Donald needs to stop threatening the voters.”

Cruz also hit on the oft-pushed notion Trumpkins have that as a businessman, Trump would make a better president. Meanwhile, he shows no ability to gather delegates for himself across the country.

“Donald’s whole pitch is that he’s a great businessman, and yet his campaign right now it appears he can’t run a lemonade stand.”

The Don is finding out that politics isn’t the same as being the face of a company or a reality TV star.