It’s not really a secret that Donald Trump is a flamboyant, arrogant blowhard who tries to intimidate, bully and manipulate his way through life and the 2016 presidential election. He’s also an insecure man-child who resorts to petty, personal attacks and Twitter tantrums like a petulant 13-year-old with the vocabulary and maturity of a spoiled 3rd grader.
Though as I’ve said before, I’ll take Donald Trump any day over having to put up with Ted Cruz for four years in the Oval Office. The thought of a President Donald Trump embarrasses me – but the thought of a President Ted Cruz literally terrifies me.
When I look at Trump, I see a con artist and a salesman. He’s someone playing a role. Which is why, at any given moment, you really don’t know where he’s going to stand on any number of issues. Just because he says something today doesn’t mean he’ll say the same thing tomorrow. Like I said, he’s a salesman. To be quite honest, he’s a damn good one. That’s how he’s gotten this far in the first place.
But when it comes to Ted Cruz, there’s something about him that sends chills up my spine. Even now with the GOP in near full revolt against Trump, it seems many Republicans are still reluctant to get behind Cruz. Take for instance Sen. Lindsey Graham who’s basically “endorsed” Cruz by saying that the only reason he’s backing him is because he’s the only candidate who still has a shot at defeating Trump. Graham’s made it fairly clear that he doesn’t really want to see Cruz as president, either.
Now I’ll admit, in today’s political world, endorsements aren’t what they used to be. That being said, it still matters that a current United States senator is only now, a year after he announced he was running for president, getting a few “endorsements” from his colleagues – mostly because they really don’t have any other viable options.
Then again, I can see why they waited until the last second before begrudgingly accepting their fate.
Most Republicans are aware that Ted Cruz is just as bad, if not worse, than Trump. He’s just as big of a liar, a narcissist, a religious fanatic, and he at least publicly seems to be a bonafide sociopath. This is someone who’s proven time and time again that he would put himself and his political ambitions before everyone and everything. Sure, I’ve used a bit of hyperbole in saying that I believe Cruz would let the country burn to ashes if it benefitted his career – but I really do have a sinking feeling in my gut that it could happen.
Even following the recent terrorist attack in Brussels, Cruz was almost giddy to a point – reprehensibly rushing out to use the attack to spout off his usual talking points, anti-Muslim rhetoric and to bash President Obama.
Though what disturbs me the most is how cult-like he is as a public persona. This is someone who’s loathed by basically everyone, and is a pathological liar, who’s trying to sell himself as an honest Christian person who can bring people together. He has absolutely no qualms about looking at someone straight in the eyes and flat-out lying to them – even when they’ve presented him indisputable evidence that proves what he’s saying isn’t true.
Almost nothing deters him in his quest to spread his propaganda. Even when military experts have repeatedly mocked him for saying he wants to “carpet bomb ISIS” by pointing out that he’s not using the term correctly… he continues to still say it! It’s as if he’s such a robotic slave to his own propaganda that he can’t remotely deviate from his own self-absorption and willful ignorance.
Then again, when you consider the people to which he’s pandering, things like “truth,” “facts” and “reality” don’t matter a great deal. Let’s not kid ourselves, there’s not a huge difference between those who support Trump and those who back Cruz. While Cruz’s supporters tend to be more religious, both groups of people want a candidate who does nothing more than panders to their right-wing fantasies.
So, while most of the negative press and attention has been directed at Donald Trump, especially following his petty attack on Heidi Cruz, I think we start giving the same amount of attention to Ted Cruz. Because it’s very likely that one of these two men are going to be the Republican nominee for president, and that’s a frightening thought for the future of our country.