On Tuesday ahead of the Indiana primary, Donald Trump, who has a long history with the scandal rag the National Enquirer, National Enquirer Endorses Trump, repeated the latest conspiracy theory from that disreputable rag that Ted “Calgary” Cruz’s father Rafael was with Lee Harvey Oswald just before he assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Trump accuses Cruz’s father of helping JFK’s assassin:
Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, parroting a National Enquirer story claiming that Rafael Cruz was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963.
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday during a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”
“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”
Trump’s tangent followed his rebuke of Rafael Cruz using the pulpit to court evangelicals for his son.
“I implore, I exhort every member of the body of Christ to vote according to the word of God and vote for the candidate that stands on the word of God and on the Constitution of the United States of America,” Rafael Cruz said in a video clip aired by Fox News. “And I am convinced that man is my son, Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America.”
Ted “Calgary” Cruz, who also sees himself as the second coming of Christ like his father, was incensed. Cruz unloads with epic takedown of ‘pathological liar,’ ‘narcissist’ Donald Trump:
Ted Cruz on Tuesday unloaded on Donald Trump, accusing him during a news conference of being a “pathological liar,” “utterly amoral,” “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen” and “a serial philanderer.”
“He is proud of being a serial philanderer … he describes his own battles with venereal diseases as his own personal Vietnam,” Cruz said, citing a decades-old Trump appearance on “The Howard Stern Show.”
The epic takedown of his opponent on an all-important voting day was extraordinary even by the standards of the 2016 campaign — and quickly drew a scathing response from Trump.
“This man is a pathological liar, he doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies … in a pattern that is straight out of a psychology text book, he accuses everyone of lying,” Cruz said.
[Calgary’s got you there, Donald. 2015 Lie of the Year: the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump]
“Whatever lie he’s telling, at that minute he believes it … the man is utterly amoral,” Cruz told reporters. “Donald is a bully … bullies don’t come from strength they come from weakness.”
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Trump responded with a statement Tuesday afternoon calling Cruz “unhinged” and “desperate” . . . “Today’s ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be president of the United States,” Trump said.
He followed up early Tuesday evening by tweeting, “Wow, Lyin’ Ted Cruz really went wacko today. Made all sorts of crazy charges. Can’t function under pressure – not very presidential. Sad!”
Wow. A complete lack of self awareness. Better look in the mirror for that “does not have the temperament to be president of the United States” thing, Donald.
Given their choices one would think that Indiana voters would have wrote in “None of the Above” on their ballots in protest, but sadly, no.
Tea-Publican voters have been conditioned by the conservative media entertainment complex to accept this kind of behavior through years of hate talk radio, conspiracy theory web sites, and FAUX News. The conservative media entertainment complex created the environment in which this disease thrives.
Instead, the voters of Indiana rewarded the short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump with a resounding victory, making him the presumptive nominee of the GOP after Ted “Calgary” Cruz suspended his campaign. (Calgary’s VP nominee Carly “demon sheep” Fiorina was heard to exclaim, “Wait, What? You can’t quit! I’ve only been queen for a week!“) Donald Trump All but Clinches G.O.P. Race With Indiana Win; Ted Cruz Quits.
Some Republican operatives are so disgusted with their presumptive nominee that they have publicly declared their support for Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump’s Victory Has Some in G.O.P. Agonizing — or Bolting:
[A] parade of prominent Republican leaders is breaking with the traditions and rituals of party unity and offering him a blunt message:
Nope. Never. I can’t. I won’t.
In a flurry of social media posts and interviews over the last 24 hours, these Republicans raced to distance themselves from Mr. Trump, delivering a remarkable rebuke to him at precisely the moment when parties usually coalesce around a candidacy.
Mark Salter, a longtime strategist for Senator John McCain of Arizona, sounded resigned and disgusted as he said the unthinkable: He was now prepared to back Hillary Clinton.
“The GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level,” he wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. “I’m with her.”
“I think Donald Trump has proven to be unbalanced and uniquely unqualified to be president. I won’t support him,” Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said in an interview on Tuesday night. “Everyone has to make their own choice. I think Trump is despicable and will prove to be a disaster for the party. I’d urge everyone to continue to oppose him.”
Alluding to an essay he wrote in February, in which he denounced Mr. Trump as a destructive force bent on dividing the country, Mr. Sasse answered those who asked if Mr. Trump’s decisive victory in Indiana on Tuesday “changes anything for me.”
“The answer is simple,” he said: “No.”
Perhaps the most startling sentiments belonged to Republicans who said they would cross party lines to avoid elevating Mr. Trump.
A terse Twitter message, “#ImWithHer,” from Ben Howe, a contributing editor to the conservative website Redstate.com, immediately went viral. In a series of colorful follow-up posts, Mr. Howe despaired over the fate of his party with Mr. Trump as its nominee.
Steve Deace, a conservative radio show host in Iowa, said he would never waver from his pledge to oppose Mr. Trump to the end.
“You can sign my name in blood,” he wrote on Twitter.
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“I will never vote for @realDonaldTrump. Join me and add your name at NeverTrump.com,” wrote Patrick Ruffini, the founder of a Washington political media firm.
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Tony Fratto, a former deputy press secretary to President George W. Bush, reiterated his deep distaste for Mr. Trump.
“For the thick-headed,” he wrote, “#NeverTrump means never ever ever ever ever under any circumstances as long as I have breath never Trump. Get it?”
The best response came from former John McCain senior campaign strategist Steve Schmidt:
Lanhee J. Chen, a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Romney in 2012 and to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida in this campaign, said he was looking for options outside the party. Mr. Trump’s victory in Indiana, Mr. Chen wrote on Twitter, “raises seriousness and urgency of discussions about third-party alternative.”
Corey Adair, a former director of the Nevada Republican Party, went further, saying his disdain for Mr. Trump had hardened into a firm rejection.
He mocked supporters of Mr. Trump, who he said have taunted him for some time. “You’ll come around,” he wrote, mimicking their pleas.
“Nah,” he added. “I won’t. #NeverTrump.”
Every GOP candidate at every level of political office needs to answer one question: “Do you support Donald Trump?” You either disown him, or you own him. If you are with him, then you must be defeated along with “The Donald” in November.
Finally, the New York Daily News officially announced the death of the GOP, “killed by an epidemic of Trump.”