From Cruz Endorsement to the Virtual Independent!

In a major turning point for the Republican party, Senator Ted Cruz, the GOP sweetheart, failed to endorse nominee Donald Trump during the Party Convention. When the time for Trump’s endorsement Cruz told the crowd and the millions at home to “vote their conscience!”

To many this failure to endorse Trump was no surprise given the brutality of the primary campaign. This was a campaign which saw Trump accuse Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, of playing a part in the John F Kennedy assassination; Trump accused Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, of being a double agent for Bush and going as far as calling her ugly. Cruz did reply though as he called Trump a “sociopathic liar” and a “snivelling coward” who should “leave Heidi the hell alone!”

However, two months later came the very endorsement that Cruz had refused Trump in Cleveland. There were many possible reasons behind why Cruz suddenly decided to endorse Trump. If you are to believe Cruz it was because of the “Grass roots voices move[ing] him!” However, if you wanted to dive deeper into why you quickly stumble upon Mike McCaul. Mike McCaul is a deep pocketed, GOP establishment backed, potential primary challenger to Cruz in 2018. This appears to be a much more likely reason for the u-turn, when you take into account the tightness of the Presidential race at the time which could have led to blame being put on Cruz should Trump have lost the Presidential race by a couple of points in November.

Little was Cruz to know what was to come in the coming weeks, which would lead to a unprecidented abandoning of the party nominee from the Party base and visa versa.

After months of scandals, which would have finished the campaign of many candidates across the country, Trump finally appeared to have hit the scandal which could end his Presidential hopes. In a leaked audio recording from 2005 Trump was heard talking about pushing himself on women saying…

“I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything.”

It was this leaked recording which sparked the mass exodus of the Republican Party support. Many Republican faithful set about to make it clear that they by no means supported nor endorsed Donald Trump. amongst those making this clear included Kelly Ayotte, the Senator for battleground state of New Hampshire, who said “I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence for president on Election Day.” John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio and Republican candidate hopeful from this years Primary campaign, said “I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.” Even former Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, and current Senator of Arizona, declared that “Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”

However, whatever hopes those involved in this exodus had that their actions would restrain Trump and lead to an apology or even his stepping down as the Party candidate were quickly silenced by Trump himself.

Trump did not stop at throwing off the “shackles” of the Republican party he went on to belittle them under the level of even Democrats!

 It is these tweets that have led to the current scenario in which Trump has now become, as the BBC put, a ‘virtual independent’.

By positioning himself as a virtual independent, Donald Trump now finds himself in the unprecedented position of running without at least the majority of his own party establishments support. The only other time a candidate drew as little support for their Presidential campaign was Bob Dole in 1996. However, unlike Trump this had very little due to massively malicious and controversial statements or tweets, but instead due to the popularity of the Independent candidate Ross Perot and the hugely popular President Bill Clinton. Also in 1996 we did not witness such a huge exodus from the Republican party, instead it was more the moving of funds away from the Presidential campaign to more down ticket elections where the Republican party felt they stood a better chance.

Whether Trump will benefit in the polls from releasing himself from the “shackles” of the Republican party or not is yet to be seen. For now all that is clear is that Trump is desperately bleeding votes from women.

Feature Image credit to DonkeyHotey

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