Ted Cruz acknowledged that electing a President Trump would be “a great mistake,” but then promised to support the candidate should he win the nomination anyway. Cruz did sort of appear to be grinding his teeth as he said it, though.
Cruz spoke with CNN’s host of “State of the Union,” Jake Tapper, about the newly trending topic on Twitter, #nevertrump. Republicans are vowing in droves on the social media site not to vote for Trump should he win the nomination.
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Cruz had stated earlier in the interview that his hope was that voters who believe that Trump cannot beat Hillary Clinton in the general election will vote in the primaries and, instead, make the primaries a “two-man race” between Cruz and Donald Trump. When asked about the hashtag and Cruz’s feelings about Republicans vowing not to support Trump, Cruz made it clear that he would support him.
“I will support the Republican nominee. Period. The end.”
A large number of Republican voters, however, do not seem to agree. They also don’t appear to be overwhelmingly supporting Ted Cruz or intending to make the race a “two-man race” at this point. Many are still supporting Marco Rubio.
The GOP seems really upset about the monster they’ve created with Trump. Catering to narrow-minded bigots has really come back to bite them, and they’re definitely feeling it.
“Addressing a luncheon of Republican governors and donors in Washington on Feb. 19, he warned that Donald J. Trump’s increasingly likely nomination would be catastrophic, dooming the party in November. But Mr. Rove, the master strategist of George W. Bush’s campaigns, insisted it was not too late for them to stop Mr. Trump, according to three people present.
At a meeting of Republican governors the next morning, Paul R. LePage of Maine called for action. Seated at a long boardroom table at the Willard Hotel, he erupted in frustration over the state of the 2016 race, saying Mr. Trump’s nomination would deeply wound the Republican Party. Mr. LePage urged the governors to draft an open letter “to the people,” disavowing Mr. Trump and his divisive brand of politics.
The suggestion was not taken up. Since then, Mr. Trump has only gotten stronger, winning two more state contests and collecting the endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.”
Cruz, however, doesn’t seem to have the backbone nor the principles needed to take a stand against Trump. He’ll reportedly vote for him in order to toe the party line and allow a “great mistake” to destroy the citizens of the United States before he’ll admit that the Republicans have really, really made a mess of their party in the past eight years.