Look, I understand how politics works. It’s a very complex “game” with a lot of moving parts and dynamics that a lot of voters aren’t even aware exist. Some politicians are great people who got into politics to make a difference, some are just average but flawed human beings — while others are egotistical, power-hungry probable sociopaths who would likely sell their own souls if they thought it would benefit their political careers.
Speaking of egotistical, power-hungry probable sociopaths who would sell their own soul if they thought it would benefit their political career, let’s talk about Sen. Ted Cruz for a moment.
While it’s not surprising, his endorsement of Donald Trump easily ranks as one of the most pathetic and gutless moves in modern political history. Not that it’s uncommon for political foes to endorse one another after a lengthy and contentious primary, but this is different.
This wasn’t Bernie Sanders saying Hillary Clinton was unqualified in response to comments she made about him he took out of context. Even as “controversial” as his statements about the former Secretary of State were for a few days during the Democratic primary, political attacks like that are still fairly typical and common.
But what Trump said about Cruz and his family went well beyond the normal scope of political discourse. It’s one thing to take shots at one another based on policies, past statements or even question the character of someone. All of that falls firmly within the bounds of “typical political attacks.” However, Trump went way beyond that during the weeks where he and Cruz were really attacking one another.
So, in the spirit of Cruz’s spineless decision to endorse Trump, I think there are a few questions he should answer.
1. How does it feel to endorse a man who implied your wife was ugly, threatened to “expose” something about her, very likely planted a story suggesting you were having multiple affairs and suggested your father might have been involved in the assassination of JFK for the highest office in our land?
2. If insulting your wife, father and implying you weren’t eligible to run for president wasn’t enough to keep you from endorsing Trump, then what would he have had to have done for you to have never endorsed him?
3. Back in July when you said you weren’t going to be a “servile puppy dog” for Trump after he attacked your family, are you now admitting that you are, in fact, fine with being a “servile puppy dog” for him? Nothing has changed, but you’re now endorsing him because you’re afraid not doing so might hinder your future political ambitions. Also, are you admitting that standing up against someone who personally attacked your family means less to you than your political career?
4. Here’s a direct quote you said about Trump back in May:
This man is a pathological liar, he doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies — in a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying. Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it — the man is utterly amoral. Donald is a bully — bullies don’t come from strength they come from weakness.
Again, those are your exact words. So, tell us, considering Trump is the exact same person he was back in May, what’s changed? And, if nothing, do you believe that a “pathological liar” who’s “amoral” and a “bully” and operates “from weakness” is someone who should be our next president?
5. How does it feel that, when it’s all said and done — between you and Trump — you’re the one who ultimately proved to be the bigger low-life, immoral sellout?
Again, while I’m not shocked that someone like Ted Cruz ultimately put his own ambitions ahead of standing up to someone who personally slandered him and his family, I do think the Texas senator needs to answer these questions (and quite a few more I could have listed) concerning his endorsement of one of the most vile presidential candidates in U.S. history, Donald J. Trump.