I’ve been saying for some time now that Senator Ted Cruz is riding in Donald Trump’s tailwind. Unlike other presidential candidates, Ted Cruz has made it a point not to directly criticize Trump. When their views appear to differ, Cruz has said things along the lines that they have different ideas, but has carefully avoided drawing the anger of the GOP presidential frontrunner or his supporters.
This is a shrewd move by Cruz, who seems to be waiting for Donald Trump’s campaign to finally burn out or self-implode. Ted Cruz knows he has perhaps the best chance of any Republican candidate at acquiring Trump’s base of support, and possibly the endorsement of Trump himself.
That’s why he voted against a bi-partisan Senate resolution which was meant to push back against Trump’s proposal that Muslims be banned from entering this country.
Sen. Ted Cruz and three other Republican senators voted on Thursday against a non-binding Senate resolution affirming that the United States does not use religious tests for immigrants seeking admission into the country.
The resolution, which is an amendment to a maritime security bill, reads simply “It is the sense of the Senate that the United States must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion, as such action would be contrary to the fundamental principles on which this Nation was founded.” (Source)
The three senators who joined Ted Cruz in opposing the resolution were Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and of course, David Vitter (R-LA). None of these supporters should come as any surprise – especially Vitter, who was recently embarrassed in a landslide loss to a Democrat in his campaign to become the next governor of Louisiana. Vitter has also announced that he will not run again for his Senate seat next year, so it isn’t a shock that he would try to solidify his credentials with the far-right of the GOP.
The Republican Party does not want Donald Trump to be their nominee for president in 2016, and they’ve prepared for the possibility of a brokered convention next year. Nobody is in better position to take advantage of that more than Ted Cruz.
The campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) seems to have mastered the intricacies of state ballot access rules and is said to have qualified in more than 40 states and territories, more than any other candidate.
The emerging consensus at the highest levels of the Republican Party about how the 2016 race could unfold comes after a fresh wave of polls showing Trump leading in early-voting states and nationally, even as he continues to unleash incendiary comments such as his proposal to block Muslims from entering the United States. It also marks the close of a months-long chapter in the campaign when a brokered convention was considered a fanciful concept rather than a possibility that merited serious review. (Source)
Many liberals have said that Ted Cruz is a lunatic, a radical who cares little more than becoming a hero of the far-right. While his extreme rhetoric has been overshadowed by the clown show that is the Donald Trump campaign, his beliefs are equally, or even more extreme than Trump – and he has experience working in the government.
Ted Cruz isn’t crazy, he’s a cold and calculating Republican extremist who is simply waiting for Donald Trump to fall, so he can come slithering in from behind and snatch all of his supporters. Now that should scare the hell out of you.
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