On Sunday, the campaigns for GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced that the two men have agreed to work together going forward to try to block Donald Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination outright.
Another way to put it is Cruz and Kasich have basically handed Democrats the presidency this November.
Then again, Republicans have been in a no-win situation for a while now. The moment Trump become the frontrunner (especially when he started dropping hints about his consideration for a third-party run if the GOP didn’t treat him “fairly”), the party was doomed.
But with Cruz and Kasich openly admitting that they’re now going to be working together to try to sabotage Trump’s chances to reach the 1,237 threshold that would give him the nomination, that’s essentially the Republican party admitting that they’re never going to let the New York billionaire become the party’s nominee. Because there’s no way these two did this without the GOP knowing about it and more or less signing off on it.
I guess the hope of the party is that Republican voters will rally together once the nominee is chosen – even if that means basically “stealing” it from Trump. Though I really don’t see that happening.
Sure, some Republicans who are saying they’ll never vote for anyone but Trump will ultimately coalesce around whoever the nominee is thanks to the “anyone but a Democrat” mantra and attitude. But if Trump has the nomination “stolen” from him, which seems to be exactly what’s going on right now, it’s going to create chaos unlike we’ve ever seen before. Because I can promise you this much, Trump will not quietly ride off into the sunset if what seems to be happening… actually happens.
Not only will he almost certainly mount an independent run, but it’s very likely that he would focus the majority of his attacks and attention from July-November on doing whatever he can do to destroy the Republican party. And he’ll do this for nothing more than spite, because he’ll certainly know he can’t win.
Though it won’t stop there. I can almost guarantee you that he will dedicate a good deal of his time from here on out doing everything he can to rip the party apart.
I really do believe that this could all lead to the GOP becoming two separate parties.
But when it’s all said and done, all this self-inflicted chaos the Republican party is about to endure is basically handing Democrats the White House for at least four more years. I simply cannot see any way that Trump doesn’t go completely nuclear from here on out on following last night’s announcement from the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.
When you get right down to it all, Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves. They created this “monster” known as Donald Trump – and now it’s very likely that he could have a hand in destroying the entire party.
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