While I am of the mindset that it’s time we all unite and work to prevent giving Hillary Clinton carte blanche at extending four years of failed Obama policies, certain primary losers accompanied by their holier-than-thou supporters refuse to do so. Rather, they continue burning up social media every minute, of every hour, of everyday browbeating us to death over what they call “principles” and the supposed shortcomings of the GOP’s presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump.
Just when one thinks it’s hit its peak, it escalates. Accordingly, when Senator Ted Cruz; who suspended his presidential campaign almost two weeks ago, recently appeared on a Houston radio show he suggested that FOX News and others were responsible for the “rise” of Donald Trump.
This happens to also verify his infamous tirade the day of the Indiana primary where he referred to FOX News as the “Donald Trump Network.”
If you haven’t been living under a pile of rocks for the last two weeks, you know that the argument of Cruz’s supporters suggests their ideologically-pure and principled candidate was beaten unfairly by Donald Trump, a.k.a. the Big Bad Wolf. Yet they seem to be ignoring the obvious which suggests that Cruz himself had a much more prominent role in Donald Trump’s rise than FOX News ever did.
Let’s flash back to the early days of the primary:
In July of 2015, John McCain referred to tens of thousands of his home state constituents as “crazies” who attended a Trump rally in Arizona focusing on the illegal immigration crisis. Soon afterward, Trump commented on McCain being “captured” as a Prisoner of War which didn’t set well with many. Even though he went on later to explain that he considered McCain a “hero” and meant nothing malicious in the comment, the elites in the establishment had a meltdown, hoping that finally Trump had went too far. However, Ted Cruz declined to criticize the then-GOP frontrunner.
It was that same month Donald Trump gave Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number out to the world after Graham called him a “jackass.” An unconventional shot to be sure, but not so nice according to the self-anointed rule-makers of D.C. When asked about it, Cruz replied: “Who cares?”
In August of 2015, Donald Trump was unhappy with what he thought was a “nasty” question from Megyn Kelly at a GOP debate. As such, he took to Twitter to express his feelings and made random remarks that caught the attention of the media and FOX News. When given the chance, Cruz refused to engage in any criticism as others expressed rage about it. FOX News (“The Donald Trump Network”) on the other hand went on the attack.
Perhaps the most revealing incident came in November when the left started claiming that Trump “mocked” a reporter’s disability. Again, experts thought Trump had signed his own political obituary. Trump denied mocking the reporter’s disability in claiming it’s how he depicted any “groveling” reporter. At the time, Ted Cruz said nothing.
To be fair, Cruz did attempt to make politics out of the November-reporter incident later on. The problem is he did it in February after he had squeaked out a win in the Iowa Caucuses insinuating that Trump had failed “one of the greatest tests of character.”
What happened in November? Why didn’t Cruz say anything about it then? In fact one month later in December, Candidate Cruz tweeted to his followers, “Donald Trump is terrific, deal with it.”
The facts are well-documented. Ted Cruz stood idly by for months while Donald Trump made statements or took actions which were deemed controversial by an establishment hungry for the frontrunner’s demise. As such, Cruz wasn’t being principled. He was being a politician. He served as the quiet one waiting on the sidelines while Trump’s critics in the establishment ranging from Jeb Bush to Lindsey Graham did their best to take out the real estate mogul. After Trump’s would-be exit, Cruz was hoping to be the guy voters would look to. He wanted to carry the Trump torch, he wanted to inherit The Donald’s delegates, disdain from the establishment, and most of all his passionate supporters.
Admittedly it was sort of a clever plan. And it was fair. What’s “fair” got to do with politics anyway?
The problem is Cruz underestimated the wisdom of the people who caught on to what he was doing. His plan failed. Suddenly Donald Trump went from being “terrific” in the eyes of the Texas Senator to being a “serial philanderer.” And instead of inheriting Trump’s passionate supporters, Cruz received the “low energy” backings of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and their ilk among the elite donor/editorial class. He rightfully tried using those things to his advantage in outspending Trump on attack ads. Additionally, he made not-so-nice charges against The Donald who has very lovely daughters and granddaughters like: Trump is a man who celebrates rapists and wants little girls to share bathrooms with grown men.
That’s not principle. It’s called flip-flopping while playing a risky game. The good sportsman, Donald J. Trump graciously credited Cruz with playing the game well calling the Texas Senator “one hell of a competitor” in lieu of childishly gloating right after winning the state of Indiana’s primary with a nice majority…the one Cruz’s campaign desperately needed.
After all is said and done, I still believe Cruz is a great man. He’s always been a terrific Senator.
Yet a victim he is not. He knew the game well, he took the risks, and he lost.
Let’s hope Hillary follows that same fate in November as we unite behind our frontrunner.