Cruz Sees the Light; Glenn Beck on Suicide Watch
With less than two months to go until the election, Sen. Ted Cruz has finally decided that his stubborn refusal to support Donald Trump isn’t helping anyone – least of all himself. The passionate conservative published a lengthy Facebook post on Friday, coming around to a candidate he once called a “sniveling coward.”
“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,” Cruz wrote. “A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment. And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.”
Cruz could have left it at that, and our appraisal of his last-minute endorsement would be a lot different. If Cruz, like others who failed to defeat Trump in the primaries, simply used the pledge as a handy excuse to support the Republican nominee without actually supporting him, this move could be waved away as a piece of political theater. That’s not to say there wasn’t any political calculation to Cruz’s endorsement; he’s losing support in the polls and some donors have said that his speech at the Republican National Convention turned him into a pariah within the party. Cruz knows he made the wrong decision in Cleveland.
But to his credit, he didn’t just say, “Fine, I support Trump, happy now?” He offered a full-throated endorsement, complete with a list of tangible reasons for changing his mind.
“Six key policy differences inform my decision,” he wrote. “First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights – free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment – the court hangs in the balance.”
Cruz noted that Trump had released a promising list of Supreme Court candidates, including a nod to his pal Mike Lee, one of Cruz’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill.
“This commitment matters, and it provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump,” Cruz wrote.
Cruz cited Obamacare, energy regulations, immigration, national security, and U.S. control over the internet as the remainder of his reasons for supporting Trump over Hillary Clinton.
“After eight years of a lawless Obama administration, targeting and persecuting those disfavored by the administration, fidelity to the rule of law has never been more important,” Cruz concluded. “Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way.”
No one was more surprised by Cruz’s sudden turnabout than radio host Glenn Beck. The conservative commentator was Cruz’s #1 fan in the primaries.
“Profoundly sad day for me,” Beck said. “Disappointment does not begin to describe my feelings. Maybe it is time to go to the mountains for a while.”
Maybe in the mountains, Beck will discover what the rest of us realized months ago: This election is not about upholding the purity of Conservatism. The NeverTrumpers are acting like a bunch of spoiled children who have decided that if they can’t have exactly what they want, they aren’t having anything. They’re standing by the fence, complaining and grumbling while the rest of us are enjoying a perfectly good meal. They appear to be oblivious to the fact – the FACT – that their opposition isn’t accomplishing anything. It’s putting the presidency into the hands of a woman who will take us EVEN FURTHER away from the conservative ideals we all hold so dear. After four to eight years of a Hillary Clinton administration, it will be IMPOSSIBLE for a Ted Cruz-style conservative to win a national election. Hell, it’ll be hard for a RINO to win.
Trump may not be 2016’s answer to Ronald Reagan, but he will put an end to the left’s most dangerous programs. Under his watch, the U.S. will find itself in a much better place in four years than it is currently – and a MUCH better place than it will be after four years of Clinton. From there, we can build. From there, we can start moving back to the conservative principles that men like Glenn Beck admire.
Hold off on that journey into the mountains, Glenn. Come join us at the table. These Trump steaks? They’re really not that bad. Your buddy Ted’s eating them. We’re all eating them. We’re having a blast.
Or, you know, stand over there and complain until you get hungry enough to change your mind. Don’t be surprised, though, if you come back to find they’re serving another course. And think what you will about Trump Steaks…they’re a hell of a lot tastier than Clinton Chicken. You might want to get over here while the getting’s good.