The media is on fire with the not-so-shocking failed endorsement of Donald Trump by Ted Cruz last night at the Republican National Convention. During his lengthy and overly dramatic speech, Ted Cruz decided to take the low road and satisfy his own ego, rather than swallow his pride and help unite the Republican party against a common foe. He hid behind a vale of “freedom” and “conscience” to mask his attempts to convince supporters to vote a third party in November.
To Donald Trump’s credit, he reached out to Cruz several weeks ago and offered him a prime time speaking slot at the RNC, with no strings attached and no commitment to an endorsement.
Ted Cruz had this one chance to show the country that he possesses the temperament to do what is right and most beneficial for the cause of his party. He was given the freedom to say whatever he felt was best for the Republican party, and took advantage of this opportunity, not to rise above the “hurt feelings” of insults thrown around during the primary, but to serve his own self-interests.
This morning during a breakfast with the Texas delegation, Ted Cruz took questions and attempted to explain his reasoning behind not outright endorsing Donald Trump.
“The day that was abdicated was the day this became personal,” Cruz said. “I’m not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I’ll give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.”
“And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and my father,” he added.
Cruz made an attempt to justify his actions by basically saying, “Donald Trump was mean to me and my family, and I’m still fussy about it so I’d rather see Hillary Clinton destroy the country than offer my endorsement.”
The reality is, if Ted Cruz isn’t being a “servile puppy dog” to the American people and voters as a politician is suppose to be, he is only being a servant to the establishment controlled talking heads like the Bush cartel, Mitt Romney and John McCain. All of the fake Republicans who have shown their true, self-serving colors this year have been unmasked by the brutal honestly of the Trump campaign. And Ted Cruz, if he hadn’t already, has joined the ranks of those former “respected” leaders who are now despised by the majority of the voter base.
That’s pretty much the reality of what Ted Cruz is saying to his party, and to his delegates to the voters, who will hopefully run him out of office Texas style come the 2018 senate elections. Even his own delegates from Texas were disgusted with him, one delegate holding up a sign that said “Clinton/Cruz 2020,” and others leaving the room as he spoke. Cruz has accomplished nothing except getting his own supporters and donors to abandon on him.
Ted Cruz’s campaign even had the audacity to send out an email to supporters asking for donations and quoting passages from his speech. Is he so disconnected from reality, viewing himself as some sort of Republican messiah whose words are doctrine and will be blindly followed by his supporters? Maybe for only the most fanatic of the NeverTrump crowd, but for the average supporter, they have dismissed Ted Cruz as a self-centered, egotistical lying politician that is only out for his own benefit.
So what do fellow Republicans, and media pundits, think of Cruz’s costly decision?
Here are just a few of the headlines facing Ted Cruz today, and none of them are positive:
But perhaps conservative columnists Ann Coulter described Ted Cruz’s lack of endorsement the best, when she called Cruz a, “Little bitch who can’t get over it.”
Despite all of the negative press about Cruz’s lack of endorsement, after analyzing the backlash there is a silver lining for Donald Trump, and perhaps one that he planned all along.
More than even an outright Cruz endorsement could have done, his refusal to keep his word, uphold his pledge and endorse Trump has shown his supporters who to rally behind. The loss of respect for Cruz from his base, leaves them with only one candidate to rally behind to defeat Crooked Hillary and her minions in November. Donald Trump.
Even the staunchest of Cruz supporters admitted that, after his failure to endorse the Republican candidate who received a record amount of votes in the primary, they no longer view him as the Constitutional champion they thought he was. They have witnessed him holding a grudge and breaking a pledge, his sworn word, which has devalued any future promises he makes to his voting base.
His future political opponents will reference this moment relentlessly, stating, “How can you trust Ted Cruz to keep his word, when he couldn’t even keep a signed pledge to support his own party’s candidate during the 2016 election?”
By allowing Ted Cruz to speak openly at the RNC, Donald Trump had a win-win scenario.
Either Cruz swallows his pride and endorses Trump, keeping his pledge, and helping to unite the party, or he simply uses the opportunity to advance his own goals, proving his “Lyin Ted” moniker and proving Trump to be right about him. This in turn would drive many of the former Cruz supporters towards supporting Trump’s campaign as the only chance to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.
Donald Trump sent out a single tweet addressing Cruz’s lack of support.
Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016
Summing up the situation quite concisely. Ted Cruz booed off the stage, and it’s not a big deal as it doesn’t hurt Trump’s campaign in the least, despite how the media spins it.
Another added bonus of Cruz’s dishonesty, is once again Donald Trump dominates the media cycle, and as he says, “No press is bad press.” This also pushed the whole Melania Trump plagiarism debacle out of the headlines and into the black hole of past media stories.
Overall, giving Ted Cruz enough rope to hang himself politically was a very strategically wise choice on Trump’s part. He was either going to gain a former opponent as an ally, or finally crush a future political rival into the oblivion of disgrace. If Ted Cruz tries to sabotage Trump’s campaign for his own self-serving purposes, he can always be discredited as a man who won’t stand by his word, forever living up to the name, “Lyin Ted.”