The devastating loss for Donald Trump in Wisconsin will likely be played off as the result of a bad couple of weeks. If he’s smart and really wants to correct the current course, he wouldn’t whine about the media, the pundits, the voters, or how the Republicans robbed him. Nobody doubts his intelligence, but the fact that his statement following his loss was one of his whiniest yet points to the growing suspicions that he really wants to lose.
We won’t dive into that point just yet. Instead, it’s time to call him out for his Saul Alinsky tactic of attacking Ted Cruz with a silly label: “Lyin’ Ted Cruz.” He found something that his supporters could latch onto as a reason to not support Cruz since on policy, Cruz is much more aligned with Trump’s supporters than even Trump himself. Trump’s liberal perspectives on trade, affirmative action, taxes, entitlements, and big government intervention should make him a non-starter for a good chunk of his conservative supporters, but they’re enamored by the man and they want a wall. That’s why Trump started the false narrative of Cruz being a liar. It’s not true, of course; he and his supporters still point to the first primary when a Cruz staffer shared a CNN report about Ben Carson leaving the campaign trail to get a fresh set of clothes as the example of Cruz being a liar. In any other year or coming from any other campaign, it would be seen as ludicrous, but the media allows it.
It’s old. It isn’t just untrue. It’s ironic that a man known for his own “ethical challenges” is spreading this propaganda. His supporters love it, though. They like pointing at Ted Cruz as a liar and a cheater on his wife based upon a debunked National Enquirer story. This is fun to them. Unfortunately, it’s an attempt to destroy the country and his supporters won’t see it for what it is.
Here’s the reality: Ted Cruz is the only Senator, let alone Presidential candidate, who actually fulfilled his promises. He stood by what he said he would do even at the detriment to his political career. He is not a liar. He is not a cheater. He’s the right man for this time.
If Trump wants to demonstrate that he understands the issues and isn’t latching on to insults like a petulant child, all he has to do is debate Cruz. Otherwise, his manipulative rhetoric is going to wear on voters, demonstrating himself as the Aliskyite that he is.
Below is Trump’s full statement following his loss:
Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again. Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts, and the entire party apparatus behind him. Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating `with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump. We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win in New York, where he holds a substantial lead in all the polls, and beyond. Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton, or whomever is the Democratic nominee, in order to Make America Great Again.