No doubt, many prominent Republicans find themselves trapped between a rock and a hard place. The thought of Donald Trump winning the party nomination for presidency is beyond most of them. They are willing to do anything to stop this from happening. One strategy (not to mention the most obvious one) is to back the other guy.
But the other guy being Ted Cruz, one of the most hated men in the party, has compounded the situation. Hence the trepidation to fully back him.
The likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and Lindsay Graham have lent their endorsements to Ted Cruz but not because they had any other choice nor did any do it enthusiastically or unreservedly. For many people who can't stomach Trump, there is pretty much only one thing going for Cruz: He's not Trump.
The case of Lindsay Graham, who is known to have said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you,” shows the level of desperation among the GOP.
Their reluctance to put all their weight behind the Texas senator is understandable. Donald Trump may be loud, racist and a bully, but Cruz is no better.
In fact he is more fanatical, a climate change denier, opposes same-sex marriage, favors the death penalty, believes Nelson Mandela was a "commie terrorist," wants to carpet-bomb hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the Middle East, advocates patrolling Muslim neighborhoods, rejects immigration reforms and plans to annul “every blessed word of Obamacare.”
What’s more, he would ideally like to turn the United States into a theocracy. While speaking to the American Family Association in August 2015, Cruz said that the only way this country can be saved is for evangelicals to rise up and vote for politicians who’ll pass legislation based upon Biblical principles. “Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead,” Cruz said.
It comes as no surprise that his foreign policy advisor is a notorious Islamophobe, Frank Gaffney.
Faced with these two choices, Trump vs. Cruz, it's no wonder most of the GOP's top voices are essentially silent this election season.
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