For all the whiners who have been complaining that former 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz didn’t endorse 2016 Republican nominee Donald J. Trump on Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, they must not have been listening carefully. Cruz began his speech by congratulating Trump and went on to warn of the dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency. He ended by urging people to vote their consciences up and down the ballot. Did it ever occur to Trump’s surrogates, the whiners, that this was an endorsement, albeit a soft one, and that by voting their consciences Cruz was also referring to Senate and House positions?
The fact is that Trump saw and approved Cruz’ speech prior to him giving it. What people are crying their sore-winning heads over is that when heckled to “endorse Trump,” Cruz ignored their commands. Trump surrogates have turned into soldiers of the establishment GOP (eGOP) and vice-versa. This is what is wrong with the RNC. The establishment says to get on board, get with the program and fall in line. But then Donald Trump comes along to buck that very system and ends up telling everyone to get on board with his program and like sheep they blindly do what they’re told.
I find the Republicans, many of them anyway, to be hypocrites and I want to have nothing to do with it. This is why I’m leaving the Republican Party.
The way Trump treated Cruz in the 2016 Republican primaries was unconscionable. The way his surrogates treated him last night was utterly rude, disgusting and uncalled for. Trump and company should have been happy that Cruz even showed up for him. After what Trump pulled in the primary race, Cruz owed him nothing. Has Trump even apologized for comparing his own wife to Cruz’ wife?
Sure, Cruz made his mistakes in the campaign but his paled in comparison to the outright affronts Trump made, whether it was insulting Senator John McCain’s military service, making vulgar remarks about news anchor and wannabe debate moderator Megyn Kelly, or calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump ran a sleazy campaign and in doing so turned himself into a sleazy politician, exactly what he was supposed to be the opposite of.
Trump is passing himself off as a conservative but he’s not. In fact he’s fitting nicely into the mold of an establishment Republican, the very thing his supporters supposedly despise. As is the case with most politicians, talk is cheap unless it can be backed up. We’ll see if Trump can back up his talk.
Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative author, and Editor-at-Large of RightWingWriter.com, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.