After reports surfaced that he might be rescinding his endorsement of Donald Trump in the wake of the 2005 Access Hollywood recording, Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that he was still committed to making America great again.
“I am supporting the Republican nominee because I think Hillary Clinton is an absolute disaster,” Cruz said in Muleshoe, Texas. “This is an election unlike any other but I’ll tell you, Hillary Clinton, I think, is manifestly unfit to be president. The policies she’s advancing are the continuation of eight years of Barack Obama.”
After the release of the tape on Friday, Cruz was blunt in condemning Trump’s comments on women as “disturbing and inappropriate.” Presumably, he has not changed his mind on that front, thus he’s setting an example that other disgusted conservatives can learn from. He knows that you don’t have to approve of everything a candidate does or says to cast your vote for them. Frankly, if that were the case, would you ever vote for anyone?
Granted, everyone has their line in the sand, and that’s fine. Just don’t forget what drawing that line means. And don’t forget that these comments existed long before Trump threw his hat into the ring. He didn’t say those things last week. Again, that’s not to excuse them away or minimize them: it’s just something to remember when you make your decision.
Is Trump a changed man? There are reasons to think so. Evangelical leaders have vouched for his salvation. He was a proud Democrat at the time of the comments, and he has certainly changed his mind on a number of political issues since.
But even if you don’t believe the Trump of 2016 is very much different from the Trump of 2005, at least recognize the stakes of this election. Hillary Clinton may know how to speak with a little more caution, but she’s done far worse things to this country than say some nasty things on a bus. Trump’s classlessness is regrettable, but he didn’t endanger American lives by mishandling classified information. He didn’t leave our men stranded in Benghazi to die and then lie about it to the American people.
Make no mistake about it, Ted Cruz despises Donald Trump. For him to make a public show of forgiveness and support shows you just how terrified he is of a Clinton presidency.
Think about that before you make any final decisions.