It was a gritty fight and it was one that had many people questioning the political process in general. Rule changes, delegates controversy, and bitter back and forth name calling had the media on fire and the American people up in arms. Did that all come to a halt after Ted Cruz suspended his campaign Tuesday night after yet another crushing defeat at the hands of Donald Trump? That remains to be seen as Ted Cruz has yet to announce if he will support Trump, if indeed Donald Trump is the nominee.
What this means for Donald Trump is multi fold. Now he can focus on issues more than the mud-slinging of the process. I still look for him to be abrasive and direct, but now he should channel it at Hillary Clinton and the path of corruption that follows her like a lost, hungry puppy dog.
Ted Cruz’ campaign has failed to combat Donald Trump despite having the entire RNC behind him in efforts to stop Trump. While Ted Cruz was able to take away some controversial delegates, even after losing many states, they were unable to garner a string of wins to build momentum towards the much-needed delegate count. The path is easier for Donald to reach the delegate count and possibly avoid a brokered convention which many in the party has already alluded to.
In his concession speech Ted Cruz acknowledged though he was suspending his campaign he would still be in the fight to support and defend the Constitution. I have no doubt he will continue to chant the RNC’s message of “anyone but Trump.”
Standing behind a podium making an unusual sounding speech from those in the past, Cruz addressed his supporters and media. Often times sounding typical Ted Cruz, other times the lost was visible.
“From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I’m sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed,” Cruz said during a Tuesday night speech. “The voters chose another path, and so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”
This is not the end of his political career by far, but what direction this experience takes him he still must be pondering.
Cruz spent the earlier part of the day making his last jabs at the Trump campaign by calling the businessman a”pathological liar” and a “narcissist” who was proud of being a “serial philanderer.” His last-ditch effort at corralling voters made little to no effect on the outcome of the Indiana primary.
Trump will now have more time on his hands to formulate a real plan to “make America great again” and take on his once friend, Hillary, in the general election should the party give him the nomination if it isn’t won out right in the delegation process.
Is John Kasich next to follow Senator Cruz’ exit or will he try to capitalize on the Cruz delegates and continue to make the path for Trump harder. We will see what direction the party goes in now.
Written by: Michael Howell
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