OK, I’ll lay it on the table. The Republican Party has been rightly accused of being whimpy, lacking conviction, resolve and caving to the left on many issues.
That’s why the heading above is called “What SHOULD…” the Republican Party do; not “What WOULD…” it do if they got unjustly screwed in the General Election. They probably would do NOTHING. But they SHOULD do what Trump is doing relative to the Iowa cheating.
More to the point, what would Cruz have done if he was the one against whom dirty tricks were played prior to the Iowa caucus?
How legitimate is it for Cruz to accuse Trump of “Trumper Tantrums” in response to the Cruz crew cheating prior to the Iowa caucus?
What, exactly is Cruz accused of doing in Iowa? Here it is:
1) Misrepresenting a CNN story about Carson going back to Florida to get a new suit – inferring instead he was dropping out of the race and his supporters should vote for Cruz.
2) Mailing out thousand of deceptive and misleading forms to Iowans just before the caucus. As reported by the not all that conservative New Yorker Magazine, “Ted Cruz’s Iowa Mailers Are More Fraudulent Than Everyone Thinks.”
From the New Yorker:
“At the top of the mailers, in a bold red box, are the words “VOTING VIOLATION.” Below that warning is an explanation:
You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”
There is no doubt that the mailer is misleading, inaccurate, and fraudulent.
Yet Cruz dismissed the fraudlent mailer by stating:
“I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote.”
And instead he reverts to name calling against a fellow candidate whose voting outcome was negatively impacted by the fraud.
This demonstrates stark contrasts among the two candidates:
Trump, who is personally offended by fraudulent behavior and takes assertive action to draw attention to it and seeks justice, and
Cruz, who excuses and justifies fraudulent behavior and resorts to name calling against anyone who complains about it.
HERE is the complete time line of the Cruz shenanigans from Diana West’s excellent analysis.
Let’s bring this closer to home:
Imagine that you were cheated by someone who contributed to your loss of money or reputation. Imagine further that you brought the cheating to the attention of the media or the authorities. Imagine that it was confirmed by the authorities that you were in fact cheated. Yet the perpetrator mocks you for “whining” or complaining about his cheating actions.
How would you feel?
One of Trump’s apparent “character flaws” is that he hates injustice. He despises a just cause being sabotaged. He complains and takes action when he observes laws being ignored.
Apparently a Cruz character flaw is that he relishes cheating as an essential ingredient to win, and will defend his tactics even to the point of mocking those who call him out on his cheating.
Before this incident I would have had no qualms about supporting Cruz if he won the Republican nomination. After this incident I need to seriously reconsider.
Does Trump criticize others who deserve criticism? Sure he does. But he doesn’t use name calling to defend fraud and dirty tricks. Cruz does.
Trump is despised by the Republican establishment because he hates injustice, dirty tricks and corruption. He speaks out and takes action against it. The Republican Party over the past decade or so would prefer to ignore corruption, or better, be a part of it. Cruz is acting just like Republican Party, choosing to play the same sort of game.