DEAR CRUZ SUPPORTERS: Why We Don’t Have the Luxury of Indulging Your Egos

Written by Teri O'Brien on May 6, 2016

Even John Kasich gets it at this point. Marco, Jeb, John and even Ted Cruz were wrong. Donald Trump did become the GOP nominee, or nearly has. Oh, yes, I know, there are still a few dead enders who cling to the fantasy of a “contested convention.” Right. Hiroo Onoda would be very proud. Come November, it’s Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump. One of these two people will be the next president. Reality is not optional, and the choice is a no brainer.

I know that many Cruz supporters are heartsick, depressed and angry that he is out of the race. They saw Sen. Cruz as the real deal, and hoped for a “Revenge of the Nerds” happy ending, with their smart, solid conservative hero triumphant at the end. Instead, as they see it, a bombastic orange-faced bully stole his lunch money, gave him a wedgie, posted a video of it on Twitter, proceeded to mock him mercilessly, laughing all the way. He invented insulting nicknames for every opponent, ridiculed protected groups, derided women for their looks and generally behaved in what some considered an outrageous and rude manner. His reward for all this appalling conduct? He beats 16 people and wins the GOP presidential nomination.

How in the world could this Trump victory have happened? It’s simple. Here are at least three reasons:

People in real America, not in the parentheses on both coasts, are sick to death of political correctness, and Donald Trump says what many of them are thinking.

People in real America despise the political elites, and they despise Trump. He is wealthy in his enemies.
People in real America, especially in the GOP base, who delivered victories in 2010 and 2014, have had it with spineless, mealy-mouthed politicians who over the last 7+ years have chosen to be act like helpless bystanders as Barack Obama and his merry band of Marxists proceed to destroy the country they grew up in. When I think of Donald Trump, I think of Abe Lincoln’s words about U.S. Grant: “I like this man. He fights.” Just imagine Hillary Clinton trotting out the hackneyed liberal “war on women” meme, and consider which would be more effective: a preachy Sen. Ted Cruz, sanctimoniously trying to use his Ivy League debating society magic on it, or Donald Trump, hosting a press conference with several of the women that Hillary tried to destroy because they had the misfortune of getting involved with her reprobate husband?

But wait, aren’t Trump supporters forgetting a few important details? Specifically, that

— Donald Trump is NOT a conservative. In fact, some say he is only a nominal Republican.
— Donald Trump has enabled the corrupt political class with his political contributions, including some to Democrats including Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and even Hillary Clinton.
— Donald Trump has demonstrated a lack of information about serious issues, so much so that he appears to change positions every five minutes, or even within the same interview.
— Donald Trump has said some unfortunate things, including, but not limited to, expressing support for Planned Parenthood, stating that he would be inclined to raise taxes, and promising to impose tariffs and start a trade war.

All true.

He may even be, as Wisconsin radio talk show host Charlie Sykes said on Thursday, May 5, 2016 on CNN’s New Day Trump is a “serial liar, a xenophobe, a misogynist, and a conspiracy theorist.” During the same interview, some guy named Ben Howe from called him “a maniac,” and “pathological liar.”

And here’s the thing. I hope that you are sitting down: None of these things make any difference.

I can only assume that Mr. Sykes thinks Donald Trump is a “xenophobe” because he believes in securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws, which is precisely the reason millions are supporting him. Immigration and the importation of unvetted Muslims from jihadist hotbeds put on warp speed by the Obama Regime is an existential issue for this country, so if that be “xenophobia”, count me in. Perhaps Mr. Sykes, a rabid Cruz supporter, is expressing the same sentiment that caused Sen. Cruz to endorse the pro-amnesty, pro-sanctuary state governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, for re-election. Sen. Cruz spent a great deal of time the last few weeks proclaiming that he is absolutely opposed to amnesty, so that endorsement never made sense to me. Could that have just been cynical political calculation on the part of Sen. Cruz? Perish the thought!

I’m not sure what evidence of Trump’s being a “liar” these two have, but remember who he will probably be running against, the LeBron James of lying, Hillary Clinton. This is a woman who lies about things for no reason, things that are easily disproven, and that don’t matter. She said that she was named after Sir Edmund Hilary, the first man to summit Mount Everest, even though he wasn’t famous until she was six years old. Unless her parents were personal friends of his (they weren’t), this is a ridiculous and pointless lie. There’s only one explanation for this prevarication: she LIKES to lie! And she has lied about some very serious matters, including the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi. Yet we’re supposed to focus on Trump’s being a stranger to the truth? He’s a piker next to her!

I’ve even seen people claim that Trump is “exactly like Obama.” Exactly like Obama in that he’s thin-skinned and narcissistic? I agree. Exactly like Obama in that he had a very, shall we say, unconventional upbringing, was mentored by a card-carrying communist, and worshipped a church pastored by an anti-Semitic nutcase known for his anti-American, racist rants? Uh no.

Some say Trump will “destroy” the country because he’s a “loose cannon.” I’m sorry, folks, but that’s like people on the Titanic worrying about a listeria outbreak in the buffet. Have you seen what’s been happening the last 7 plus years?

Here’s the mistake that you Cruz supporters are making. Even though it may appear to be otherwise, the American people are not ideological; that is, many live their lives as conservatives, but most of those do not identify as such. They have a lot of common sense, and they know that the last 7 years have nearly destroyed this country; however, unlike you, they aren’t enchanted with a candidate because he is an articulate, principled conservative. They don’t care about that. (Nor do they care about the crease in his pants.)

At this point, I believe that many of those who remain “#NeverTrump” are doing so to indulge their own egos, rather than putting the country first. That’s clearly true of the prissy, East Coast Brain Rot afflicted types like Bill Kristol and George Will. These elitists can’t bear the thought that they will be confused with the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging hayseeds who have never heard of Hayek, don’t read the National Review or never listened to NPR. Don’t worry, Bill, George and the rest of you. You can vote against Hillary without anyone thinking that you are part of the rabble. As far as betraying conservatism, if Phyllis Schlafly and Sen. Jeff Sessions can support Donald Trump without betraying conservatism, so can you. At a minimum, all thinking, concerned Americans should give him a chance to earn their votes.

Maybe the close-minded, petulant #NeverTrump types need their own ribbon, like those AIDs ribbons self-righteous activists wanted everyone to wear to show that they were better than others because they “cared” more. That way, they wouldn’t be limited to self-congratulatory smugness. We could all look up to them and wish we could be as intelligent and principled! If only we weren’t more concerned about the United States surviving as we have known it.

Look, I know that some of you, even those who aren’t determined #NeverTrump types, are dreading holding your nose yet again, just as you have done before. Now that we have seen the destruction inflicted on our great nation by the ineligible radical leftist squatting in the White House, it’s even more important than it was in 2008 and 2012. We cannot survive an Obama third term.

The afore-mentioned Mr. Sykes, speaking of a defeat for Trump, which he hopes for, said, “We will have the credibility to pick the pieces” after that happens. Seriously? Is this about the “credibility” of the “conservative movement” or the country? Is it possible to save American conservatism if the country as we know it has been destroyed?

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