At times it can be rather painful to watch candidates who are soundly losing their race try to act as if reality doesn’t exist and everyone telling them that they have absolutely no shot of winning doesn’t know what they’re talking about. I understand that as a candidate (especially one running for president) you have to be optimistic basically to the point of being flat-out delusional, but it’s still sometimes difficult to watch one of these individuals stay in a race that practically every rational person following the election knows is over.
For example, the last few weeks of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush’s campaigns.
Though if you want an ongoing example of what I mean, look no further than Ted Cruz’s failing campaign. It’s really astonishing to sit there and watch him talk about his chances of becoming the GOP nominee while he’s being absolutely crushed by Donald Trump. Not only that, but mathematically he’s been eliminated from being able to win the nomination outright. So his only “plan” right now is to try to keep Trump from hitting the magic 1,237 number and hope the party chooses him at a contested convention. So, while he can technically “win” the nomination, the only way he can do that is if the party ignores the popular vote and actual pledged delegate count and picks him.
Needless to say, this has caused the Texas senator to come under some rather intense scrutiny by those who are a little confused why he’s still in the race when it’s clear that Trump is the overwhelming frontrunner for the party.
Well, during a rather contentious interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Cruz was asked repeatedly whether or not he would support Trump if he were the nominee – and continued to avoid giving Todd a direct answer.
This all eventually led Cruz to do what he normally does: Blame the media.
After a clearly aggravated Todd pressed Cruz to answer his question, the senator tried to say that the question was part of some plot by the media to anoint Trump as the GOP nominee.
“I recognize that many in the media would love for me to surrender to Donald Trump,” Cruz said.
“It’s not about the media,” Todd said, interrupting Cruz, “it’s about the numbers! He may win. Republican voters are the ones rejecting you. This is not a media conspiracy, senator!”
Cruz then went on a rant about how the media is working to boost Trump because they’re “partisan liberal Democrats” who want to see him become the nominee so Hillary Clinton can easily beat him in November. He even suggested that the media isn’t pushing for more debates because they know Trump doesn’t want to do anymore. Which is a rather ridiculous accusation considering the Republican party would really be the main catalyst in organizing another debate. And as far as I can tell, party leaders haven’t really seemed too forceful in trying to get Trump to do another one.
Throughout the entire interview you could clearly see Todd’s frustration, even sometimes chuckling at how blatantly obvious it was that Cruz was doing everything he could to avoid saying whether or not he would support Trump if he were to become the party’s nominee.
While Todd isn’t my favorite media personality, I’ll give him a lot of credit here for pushing Cruz and not letting the senator get by with his usual whiny anti-media rants he likes to go on whenever he’s asked a question he doesn’t want to answer. I absolutely enjoyed watching Todd embarrass Cruz on live television.
Watch the interview below via NBC News: