This will assuredly be put forth as “whining” and “butthurt” and whatever else by Trump’s various fans, but in the aftermath of this morning’s insane rant by Donald Trump accusing Ted Cruz’ father of being a conspirator in the JFK assassination you can’t really fault Cruz for letting it all hang out.
As a campaign tactic, it’s probably not the wisest thing he could do. As a personal matter, Cruz probably needed it.
And now, here is Trump’s response…
Ted Cruz is a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign. It is no surprise he has resorted to his usual tactics of over-the-top rhetoric that nobody believes. Over the last week, I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections — in fact, coming in last place in all but one of them. Today’s ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be President of the United States.
We read this to a friend when it popped out onto our e-mail, and the response was “Boy, that’s the pot calling the kettle black.” It’s definitely a nice bit of projection.
If Trump is correct that Ted Cruz is finished, that Cruz is losing and that the race is over, then the intelligent thing for Trump to do is to begin courting Cruz’ supporters and begin mending fences – or at least attempting to pave the way for mending fences – with Cruz himself. Cruz has about 30 percent of the Republican primary vote so far, and Trump cannot win in November without those voters. He cannot continue alienating them and hardening their votes against him, and yet his actions over the last 48 hours have done nothing but damage his appeal to them.
What he could be doing is winning an election while losing the argument. That spells doom in November, both for Trump and for the Republican Party.