Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Decision Day

Now that "Trump Nominated," a headline I though (until April 27) I'd never live to see, has come about, attention can turn to Ted Cruz.

Asked in Wisconsin whether he'd support Donald Trump if he won the GOP nomination, the Texas senator on March 25 stated “I don’t make a habit out of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my family."

He added, however, “Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee.” That didn't come out as he expected. Perhaps neither will his pledge not to endorse Grump.

But he has plenty of reason.  In early May, Grump accused Senator Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz of being an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald, a charge rated as "Pants on Fire" by Politifact.   Upon leaving the race in May, Cruz labeled Trump a "serial philanderer," "pathological liar," and "utterly amoral." And in March, The Washington Post had reported

First an anti-Trump super PAC put out an online ad directed at Mormon women in Utah with a picture of Trump’s wife Melania posing nude, on the absurd grounds that it constituted a reason to vote against Trump. Then Trump accused Cruz of orchestrating the super PAC ad, and threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife Heidi. Then Trump retweeted a picture of Melania looking like the professional model she was next to a particularly unflattering photo of Heidi, with the caption, “The images are worth a thousand words.” Then Cruz said, “Donald, you’re a sniveling coward. Leave Heidi the hell alone.”

It was not a one-off for Grump to threaten to "spill the beans" on a family member.  Marlene Ricketts, wife of GOP activist and donor Joe Ricketts and father of Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts, had contributed $3 million to anti-Trump super PAC Our Principles PAC early this year.  Grump tweeted "I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide" (grammatical and spelling errors in original).

Tonight we will discover whether Ted Cruz, under mounting pressure from individuals who believe ideology and family must give way to the need to nominate a man the leader of his party publicly called out for racism, will support Donald Trump for President. We will learn whether Ted Cruz endorses an utterly amoral, sniveling coward.

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