As we get closer to the Iowa caucuses, slowly but surely, the Republican Party reveals its true colors. In doing so, we see the leading presidential candidates duke it out for the top spot.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been bragging about his loyal followers, he even went so far as to claim he could shoot someone in plain daylight and still win votes in Iowa.
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Meanwhile his running mate, Ted Cruz, vows not to kill anyone. Wow, Ted. As long as we’re not asking for too much. Clearly we’re dealing with two sides of the same coin. Seemingly opposite, but nonetheless, still worthless.
When Cruz was asked about Trump’s comments, he said:
“I will let Donald speak for himself. I can say I have no intention of shooting anybody in this campaign.”
Meanwhile we have Bernie Sanders refusing to even bring up Bill Clinton’s infidelity during his tenure in the White House, passing at a major attempt to take a dig at Hillary Clinton. Senator Sanders has made his campaign “issues oriented,” and is focusing on debating policy instead of personal mud-slinging.
I think this nicely contrasts the level of immaturity that has manifested inside of the Republican party. We have three Democratic candidates who stick to debating policy and addressing pressing issues facing the American people. In doing that they allow the lunacy within the GOP to speak for itself, and to turn voters off each time one of them opens their mouth.
But according to CNN, this isn’t the first time killing people has been a topic of discussion for Trump.
“Last month, he appeared to consider whether he would kill journalists, as Russian President Vladimir Putin — whom Trump defended — has been accused of doing. ‘I would never kill them. I would never do that,’ Trump told supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before reconsidering.”
Well of course he wouldn’t! Who else would fuel the massive flame known as Donald Trump’s ego? I bet when he sees himself on the news he gets more excited than when he sees Melania!
And it’s just this that sets the GOP candidates apart – their egos. Cruz and Trump may have completely opposite stances when it comes to killing people (good to know), but they do share one thing in common: they’re both driven by their power hungry egos.
So conservative voters can choose their candidate based on this deciding factor if they choose, but liberals will keep in mind both Cruz and Trump share a common characteristic far beyond their killing “jokes.” Who wants a President with an ego complex? Not to mention the indecency required to refer to killing as a joke within political discourse.
You decide, America.
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