For Donald Trump to gain the backing of Cruz supporters, he’d have to heal the rift caused by his months of vicious smears against Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi, culminating with his deranged accusation, on national television the morning of the Indiana primary, that Ted’s Dad had a connection to Lee Harvey Oswald:
“He was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being, you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous…. I mean what was he doing, what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.”
In its cyber war against Ted Cruz, the Trump camp’s frequent target was Heidi Cruz, in an absurd smear that claimed she wanted to erase our border with Mexico. This was picked up by a neo-Nazi group, The Daily Stormer, that supports Trump. Law Newz reported that the Stormer said:
“Mutated Cuban Male Feminist Ted Cruz tells Donald to Leave Ugly Whore Wife ‘The Hell Alone’….. Ted Cruz’ wife is not only a disgusting swollen-faced hag, she is a CFR/Goldman Sachs shilless.”
Unsurprisingly, there’s an enormous rift between Cruz supporters and Trump supporters, and it’s only widened by Trumpian fanatics threatening Cruz supporters who don’t immediately hop aboard the Trump Train.
Particularly galling – and illogical – are the demands of Trumpers and his endorsers for Ted Cruz to grovel before Trump and beg for the privilege of endorsing him. But Cruz hopes to run for the highest office again, in 2020, perhaps after voters have had their fill of a Trump presidency (if the latter wins the general). Should he be foolish enough to endorse the Don now, Cruz would lose much of his support.
What is lacking, to heal the rift, is a simple Trump apology for his campaign tactics. There’s just one problem: those with Narcissism Personality Disorder (NPD) don’t apologize. In fact, they can’t apologize. Read this, from theNarcissistLife.com:
“When a narcissist makes an apology to repair a relationship what is repaired is not the damage to the relationship, but the narcissist’s illusion of perfection. Narcissists may be incapable of genuine expressions of remorse because inherent in an apology is the admission that one is guilty”— /
Ever seen Trump apologize?
Since he’s evidently incapable of taking the logical route, Mr. Trump chooses to look elsewhere for support to replace the Cruzers who refuse to back him. Illogically, he seeks to attract Sanders supporters. The Wall Street Journal quotes Trump:
“‘I’m hearing we’re going to get close to 40% of his supporters,’ Mr. Trump said at a recent campaign rally in Albuquerque, N.M. ‘The system is rigged against Bernie, so he can’t win’ in the Democratic presidential primary. ‘We’re going to get tremendous numbers from Bernie Sanders.’”
But WSJ cites two polls that disagree with Trump’s rosy numbers:
In Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls over the first four months of 2016, just 6% of Sanders supporters felt positively about Mr. Trump, while 90% felt negatively. Faced with a Trump-Clinton choice in the general election, 10% of Sanders supporters said then they would vote for Mr. Trump, and 81% would vote for Mrs. Clinton.
But the latest Journal/NBC poll this month suggests that Mrs. Clinton could be losing ground; it found that 66% of Sanders supporters would vote for her against Mr. Trump, while 17% would vote for Mr. Trump. The other 17% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for neither candidate, another one, or weren’t sure.
And then there’s Sander’s “virulent opposition” to Trump:
“‘Donald Trump represents a whole lot that I passionately hate,’ Mr. Sanders said in an MSNBC interview this month. ‘If I’m not the candidate, I will do everything that I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.’”
Since Trump’s apparent malady of NPD prevents him from unifying the party and claiming the support any normal candidate would get, he’ll have no choice but to persist in a useless quest.
For Cruz supporters, there is some hope that convention delegates – many of whom support Cruz, though they may be bound to Trump, will assert their right to vote their consciences on the first ballot. Their is a hint that there are enough Cruz votes to nominate him, were they to do so.
There is also clear evidence, from rules committee member Curly Haugland, and other sources, that delegates do have this right. (See link in last paragraph.)
The delegates need your support. Contact Reince Priebus and tell him we demand a viable nominee:
Twitter: @Reince | email: email@example.com | phone: 202-863-8500 <7> e-mail is best. It’s good to put your main point in the subject line, in case they don’t open the emails.