After having hinted at his campaign’s exit strategy (Trump’s Exit Strategy Finally Revealed), Donald Trump has chosen the 2016 Republican presidential nominee: Ted Cruz.
Of course Trump has not announced his exit from the race… just yet. Nor has he come out in favor of Cruz as the presidential nominee. Trump speaks in ways that require one to read between the lines.
Trump’s backing of Cruz as the Republican nominee came in the context of discussing his VP pick.
During an interview with Lifezette, Trump revealed his possible choice for vice president, “Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100 percent.” Later on the Laura Ingraham radio show, Trump elaborated, “Well, I like him. He’s backed everything I’ve said.”
There has always been a cozy relationship between Trump and Cruz. Unlike the other Republican presidential candidates, Cruz has mostly refrained from attacking Trump, even appearing alongside him at a rally in September against the Iran nuclear deal.
The pair has struck similar notes on topics such as border security, illegal immigration and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Many pundits believe Cruz is primed to pick up Trump supporters if (more likely when) he exits the race.
Speaking about the results of a recent Texas Lyceum poll, Joshua Blank, research director, said. “It’s safe to say Cruz would benefit most in Texas if Trump were to drop out. I think he would benefit most in a lot of places, amongst the traditional candidates.”
The Trump Republican presidential run has finally come full circle. Cruz will be the beneficiary of Trump’s rabid group of supporters. They will be handed over, on a silver platter, by Trump to his fellow racist, xenophobic, hate-mongering compatriot.
It’s Trump for the money, and Cruz for the show.
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