Well, Ted Cruz finally knuckled under and endorsed Donald Trump on Friday. Bet he threw up a little in his mouth (I know I just did) as he wrote this on his Facebook page:
“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.”
Ouch. Searching your conscience? I may be wrong but I seem to remember Trump saying some less-than-flattering things about your wife. Oh, yeah. I’m not wrong:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
Must not have searched his conscience very hard. Next time, get into those little nooks and crannies. It’s amazing what can hide in those things! Like nasty remarks about your wife.
Thinking back to the Republican Convention last month, I seem to remember that Cruz never came out and endorsed Trump in his speech there. Some GOPers were very angry at Cruz because of this. One even physically attacked him, calling him a traitor. At the time, I actually admired Cruz a wee bit for standing up against Trump, the RNC and his party. Silly me.
Not only did Trump insult Mrs. Cruz, but he also went after Cruz’s father. According to Trump, Cruz the Elder was somehow involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Trump, for his part, went back on what he had previously said about accepting an endorsement from Ted Cruz. Trump went ahead and
flip-flopped accepted Cruz’s endorsement today, saying that he was “greatly honored” to do so.
As you might imagine, this turn-about on Cruz’s part did not sit well with his die-hard supporters. Joel Kurtinitis, who was Iowa co-chair for Cruz’s campaign, told NPR that Cruz has “nothing to gain” by endorsing Trump and that the endorsement “hangs Cruz’s conservative resistance out to dry.” Steve Deace, in the Conservative Review, called the endorsement “the worst political miscalculation of my lifetime.” He suspects that this will only cause #NeverTrump voters to “dig in their heels.”
That appraisal might not be far off. Over on Twitter, Cruz was being lambasted by disillusioned supporters and gleeful non-supporters alike. Together, they painted the picture that Ted Cruz will have to look at from now until… well, maybe forever:
TRUMP: Your wife is ugly and your dad killed JFK.
CRUZ: You have my support!
— Jake Vig (@Jake_Vig) September 24, 2016
"After much thought, I've concluded: my wife is ugly, my father is a murderer and Trump IS the right choice for POTUS" – Ted Jelly-Fish Cruz
— Pin Head (@PiercedSkull) September 24, 2016
Trump: your wife is ugly and your dad killed JFK.
Cruz: All good man. I endorse you for president.
Trump: So honored. Believe me.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 23, 2016
Ted Cruz: Mr Trump you’ve insulted me, you've insulted my wife, you’ve insulted my father. You leave me no choice but to vote for you.
— Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) September 23, 2016
— Jord (@de_shior_ag_fas) September 24, 2016
If you were my husband, your stuff would be on the front lawn. "My wife loves me and she forgives Donald", whatever! #CruzEndorsement
— M. MacNeil Bryden (@killawattannie) September 24, 2016
TED CRUZ JUST JUMPED SHIP. TED CRUZ IS A TRAITOR AND LOST ALL MY RESPECT. YOU DO NOT ENDORSE TRUMP NO MATTER WHAT. #CruzEndorsement
— Kneesocks (@misterkneesocks) September 23, 2016
— R ▲ T F I N K (@freejamius) September 23, 2016
— Massive Hands (@GHalv) September 23, 2016
— Allan (@AllanRicharz) September 24, 2016
Poor Ted. He’ll probably be sleeping in the guest room for a long time after endorsing the man who insulted his wife. He also may get stiffed for a Christmas present from Dad. But that’s what happens when you sell your family and your supporters out.
I’m not surprised, though. After Reince Priebus issued his ultimatum the other day, I figured Cruz would get on board the Trump train. After all, he is a very ambitious man. And we all know that ambition will roll over everything in its path. Even family.
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