For nearly a year now, Donald Trump has dominated the 2016 presidential election. To be honest, I haven’t watched the news these past few weeks like I normally do because I can’t stomach listening to the same drivel over and over and over again. I still love politics – but I hate politics right now. What I’m witnessing isn’t substantive political discourse between candidates, it’s some absurd version of political reality television.
Then to make matters worse, everything surrounding Trump is a complete circus. From his campaign staff, to his surrogates and supporters – this primary has been absolutely exhausting.
And that’s not even getting into what I’ve been dealing with on “my side” – the Democratic side of this election.
Though as sick and tired as I am of hearing about Trump, I can’t really root for his downfall. As I’ve been saying for months, the candidate right behind him, Sen. Ted Cruz, is much worse. Whenever I’m asked if I was forced to choose between the two candidates which one would I rather see president, I do not hesitate to say Trump.
The truth of the matter is, the only reason why Cruz hasn’t been torn apart in the media is because Trump is so utterly and totally absurd that he completely overshadows the Texas senator. But make no mistake about it, Ted Cruz is every bit as radical as Trump – and then some.
Even within the GOP itself, other Republicans who clearly can’t stand Cruz are kind of, sort of backing him simply because Trump is that embarrassing. The feeling I get is that these Republicans would rather lose with Cruz as their nominee than risk winning with Trump.
That’s essentially what Trump supporter Newt Gingrich said recently while talking about the two candidates.
“The challenge is entirely on Trump,” Gingrich said. “He is not gonna get any help out of the establishment. They have reluctantly concluded that if, you know, Trump in a funny way has normalized Ted Cruz because without Trump, the establishment would be totally opposed to Cruz.”
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Newt Gingrich is absolutely right. While some members of the GOP have “rallied around” Cruz, don’t be fooled – most of them cannot stand him.
It’s essentially what many people like myself on the left have been saying for a while now. While Cruz has weaseled his way into the role of the “establishment pick” (ironic considering Cruz has tried to run his campaign as anti-establishment), trust me when I say a lot of this “support” is done so very begrudgingly.
When I really think about it, I would almost feel sad for Ted Cruz if he wasn’t such a low-life, lying detestable human being.