Ted Cruz spoke on “The Brody File” on Thursday, discussing Donald Trump at length. He made an argument that will most likely not sit very well with GOP voters, insulting the demographics of Trump’s voting bloc.
Trump has himself called his voters “poorly educated,” but Cruz expanded on this, noting that, “[Trump] does well in the Southeast. He does well with a certain demographic of voter. Donald gave a press conference where he said, to quote him, ‘I love the poorly educated.’”
This implies that the Southeast, in particular, has low-information, poorly educated voters who flock to Trump. Even if Cruz somehow wins the nomination, he will need to gain the support of these states for the general election, and insulting them is not a great way to do so.
Cruz continued, saying, “Listen, Donald does well with voters who have relatively low information, who are not that engaged and who are angry and they see him as an angry voice. Where we are beating him is when voters get more engaged and they get more informed.”
This is not necessarily true in the least. Cruz actually appeals to the same emotional manipulation as Trump, albeit with a religious emphasis and righteousness that Evangelical voters love. Cruz, too, has spoken with bombastic, empty rhetoric, fueling Islamophobia and declaring he will carpet-bomb the region ISIS resides in enough to make the " sand glow in the dark.” This is almost as terrifying as what Trump spews.
Cruz concludes by stating that, “[Trump] is the corruption, and if you want someone to stand up to Washington, the only one who has been doing so in this race is me.”
This may be the image Cruz wants to project, but he is just as corrupt as the rest of his colleagues in Washington. It’s true that he is not liked by many senators or House representatives, but that does not mean he isn’t corrupt—Cruz receives the same SuperPAC, donor, and special interest money as the rest.
To claim he “stands up” to Washington is laughable—he is a puppet of his donors, as are most politicians. Trump, ironically, is not, but he is corrupt in a completely different sense.
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