Cruz Endorsed Trump!
So he finally did it. Over the weekend, Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump for President.
In a public Facebook post, the Texas Senator and conservative lion wrote:
“In Cleveland, I urged voters, ‘please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.’
“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
“I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.
“Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary….
“My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop her.”
You can (and should) read the full statement here, in which Ted outlines six key policy differences between Trump and Clinton which absolutely necessitate all possible action to stop her.
Many have already criticized him for “selling out his principles.” But I find that entire idea surreal. Whether or not you like Donald Trump — even if you think he’s the devil — Ted Cruz made a promise to support the Republican nominee.
It was not a throwaway: it was engineered specifically, by the RNC and all of Trump’s opponents, to box in the real estate mogul when he “inevitably” lost the primary and then (as we all feared likely) decided to play the spoiler, spending countless dollars to tank a GOP he thought had wronged him.
So the promise — by every candidate except possibly Trump himself — was utterly self-serving from the very beginning. And more than that, the RNC tied all aid, including data transfers, mailing lists and so forth, to signing the promise. Those who signed the promise — and everyone did — received goods and services in exchange for it.
Breaking the promise was thus absolutely no different from buying a car and refusing to pay.
If anyone could have made that case, it was Ted Cruz. I have written in these pages of my distress at his refusal to keep the pledge at the RNC; however, it was also true that Trump had mistreated Ted’s father and wife in a uniquely ugly way, very different from the sticks-and-stones “manhandling” he gave Jeb! Bush by calling him “low energy”. Ted’s outrage was genuine, and justified.
But breaking his promise was not. Some are saying that Donald Trump is so far beyond the pale that it is “unprincipled” to keep the promise. But a Trump victory was always one of the possibilities, and anyway, what kind of “principle” is it to advocate promise breaking? A promise is a promise.
So because he rose above his personal hurts and kept his promise, even as others like Jeb! and John Kasich have refused to do so, Senator Ted Cruz is once again our Hero of the Week.
Originally published on Rod Martin’s website.