With the Republican presidential primary race finally becoming a two-candidate contest (sorry, John Kasich, winning your home state doesn’t put you in the conversation), it’s clear that Republicans are either going to nominate Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Their only other option is to risk an all-out revolt within their party by taking this to a brokered convention where the party leaders “steal” the nomination from either of the two current frontrunners.
That being said, considering I’ve already done an article focused on Donald Trump supporters, I figured I’d do the same thing for Ted Cruz. After all, while the two candidates are much more similar than you might think, their supporters can be very different.
Alright, let’s get to it.
1. Evangelical religious fanatics: While all Republican candidates pander to religious voters, Cruz panders to the fanatics. These are many of the folks who read the Bible as a word-for-word depiction of historic facts – without question. These are the type of people who mistake voices they hear in their own heads as “God’s word.” What these people want is for the United States to be a theocracy – not a democratic republic.
2. Constitution-loving hypocrites: Ted Cruz often likes to portray himself as someone who lives and breathes the Constitution. Well, that is, until the Supreme Court actually does its job via the powers given to it by that very same Constitution to grant gay Americans their Fourteenth Amendment rights. But the fact is, he’s a hypocrite – like most “strict Constitutionalists.” These are the people who tend to ramble on and on about the Constitution the most, yet are typically the ones who whine the loudest the moment the Constitution doesn’t side with their ignorance. Throughout history these have been the people who supported slavery, opposed women’s suffrage, supported segregation and continue to oppose equal rights for homosexuals. They’re also currently many of the same people from group #1 who think “religious freedom,” as defined by our First Amendment, means they have the right to force their views on others.
3. People who don’t like to think for themselves: If you’re a voter who wants a “preacher” type of leader who’s going to stand behind a podium and tell you everything you want to hear (no thinking required), then Ted Cruz is the candidate for you. He is a talking points machine. Much of Ted Cruz’s shtick as a politician is pandering to those who are easily manipulated by people using trigger words. He’ll constantly repeat the same phrases – word for word – during every single one of his speeches. It’s straight out of the, “How a cult leader brainwashes their followers” handbook. Just keep repeating the lie enough times and, eventually, people will believe it. And when it comes to lying, Ted Cruz is one of the best.
4. The “anyone but Trump” people: Because Ted Cruz avoids doing a lot of interviews, or really bringing a lot of attention his way, he’s benefitted from being behind Trump in the standings. There are still a lot of people out there who really don’t know how terrible he is, which is how he’s managed to somehow position himself as the “sane” alternative to Trump – even though he’s not. With Marco Rubio now out of the race, Cruz is in a position to get a lot of votes – not from voters who actually support him, but from people who are voting against Donald Trump. But, trust me, if the media would ever truly dig into Cruz, the country would soon see that he’s actually an even bigger nightmare than Trump.
5. Paranoid people: This is a category Cruz shares with Trump. He attracts people who are easily swayed into believing conspiracy theories are facts. It’s why Cruz often paints himself as an “outsider” who’s only hated because he doesn’t give into “politics as usual.” Though the truth is, people hate him because he’s a self-absorbed narcissist who’s proven time and time again that he’ll throw basically anyone under the bus (including the entire GOP), if he thinks it will benefit him politically. To say nothing about his incessant whining about “the liberal media.” Anytime he’s asked tough questions, or called out on one of his many lies, he usually calls that person a liar and basically says they’re part of the “liberal media” trying to elect Hillary Clinton. Hell, he even said the rise of Donald Trump is a product of the “liberal media” trying to nominate him because he’s the easiest person for Hillary Clinton to defeat. It ties into his “cult-leader” persona. Being that he lies a lot, his “defense” of his lies is to claim that anyone exposing his propaganda is part of a conspiracy against him and “the truth.”
While there are more, those are five of the main types I’ve encountered most often. They’re somewhat similar to those who back Donald Trump, but they’re still different on many levels.