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Column: Ted Cruz: The fairweather Trump Opportunist

The Trickle Down

The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine‘s weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula.  The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena. Let’s dig in and see what’s happening this week.

Ted Cruz loves Donald Trump when it benefits him.

There are people who love President Donald Trump.  There are people who hate President Donald Trump. And then there’s Ted Cruz – a Trump opportunist.

Trump was selected as Time Magazine’s top 100 influential people list.  And, deservedly so – he’s dominated the news and influenced culture in America, good or bad.  Time asks individuals to write about those selected on the list. So, naturally, Texas Senator Ted Cruz composed an anything but scathing piece on the President.

“While pundits obsessed over tweets, he worked with Congress to cut taxes for struggling families. While wealthy celebrities announced that they would flee the country, he fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores. While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels.”

Maybe he is in the love Trump camp?  Nope. He’s just a Trump opportunist.

Donald Trump promoted a tweet attacking Cruz’s wife, Heidi, for not being as attractive as his wife.  Trump accused Cruz’s father for being part of the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

So, Cruz may have just shrugged off those words – right?  Yeah, no.

Cruz hurled insults at Trump, calling him a “pathological liar,” “utterly amoral,” “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen” and “a serial philanderer.”  The Texas Senator refused to outright endorse Trump at the GOP convention, stating, “Vote your conscience.”

But he penned such positive words for a man who is “utterly amoral”.  The reason being that Cruz is facing a tough election. He’s using Texas Trump voters so he can win, selling out any morality he has left.

Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke is in a dead heat with his incumbent.  Cruz’s Republican Party has had control of his seat since 1993. Trump carried the Texas congressional district by 10 points.  Cruz should have this election locked up, but he doesn’t.  He’s struggling.

So, why did Cruz sell out?  Winning his Senate seat is more important than morality, pride, and family.

There’s precedent: Cruz endorsed Trump in September 2016; two months before the presidential election, but two months after he refused to endorse Trump at the GOP convention.  

Confused?  The continual flip-flopping on his endorsement of Trump is whiplash for constituents at best.  He doesn’t care about conscience; he cares about winning a Senate seat above all else – morality, integrity, and family.  He’s a Trump opportunist.

We know what Cruz truly thinks about Trump – and it’s isn’t flattering.  Now we know what kind of man Ted Cruz truly is – and it isn’t flattering.


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