In a rather unexpected move, following a rather sound defeat in Indiana, Sen. Ted Cruz has announced that he’s suspending his campaign. Which means that it’s more or less official that Donald Trump will become the Republican nominee for president.
While tonight’s announcement was somewhat surprising, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Ted Cruz continued to sell himself as the only candidate who could “beat Donald Trump,” but that reality never truly existed. Sure, he won a few states and did better than any of the other candidates, but he was never really a threat to Trump who’s been the dominate figure in the Republican presidential race since the moment he announced his candidacy.
This is a historic moment. Not only does it mean that someone who basically everyone dismissed as a joke nearly a year ago is going to become the Republican presidential nominee, but it also means that a candidate who is, by far, the most controversial person we might have ever seen reach this level of political success might very well become our next president.
For Republicans, this is a nightmare. Their only real (albeit slim) hope to defeat Trump was somehow forcing the nomination process all the way to the convention hoping to “steal” it from him by choosing someone like Cruz or even John Kasich.
Though when you get right down to it, the fact that Trump and Cruz were the two top candidates in this race, proves just how radical the Republican party has become. And now that they’re being forced to face the consequences of their actions – that is, they pandered to ignorance, racism and bigotry for decades – the party may very well end up being ripped apart by the very monster it’s solely responsible for creating.
So, while there’s still plenty of time left between now and November, May 3, 2016 might very well be the day in history where the Republican party officially died.