Dear Indiana voters,
At this point in the campaign, you likely know what each candidate claims to stand for, as well as what they claim to stand against. You’ve likely read every pro/con piece on Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’re going with your gut, or what you’ve heard in passing.
Let me be as clear as possible. This is the most important election of our lifetimes. Yes, every presidential election is consequential in its own way, but we’ve reached a tipping point. At this moment, with these candidates, we’re in uncharted waters. The outcome of this primary cycle will determine who we are as a party–and the voters have control of the ship.
I’ve endorsed Ted Cruz, because when I look at his record going back decades, I see a pattern of consistent constitutional conservatism. From his time working at the FTC, to his time as the solicitor general of Texas, to his time in the United States senate, Ted Cruz has shown us exactly who he is. I encourage you to click the embedded links above, and read about Cruz’s record, because talk is cheap.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, is an unhinged, narcissistic authoritarian. He’s been all over the map on critical policy issues including immigration, abortion, socialized healthcare, and the Libyan intervention. He’s slung crass and petty insults at other candidate’s spouses. He’s been closely tied to Democrats, donating to Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Terry McAuliffe, Rahm Emanuel, John Kerry, and others. He’s a con artist. However, I encourage you to click the embedded links above, and read about Trump’s record.
I’m certain you’ve heard it all–from both sides.
So let me do my best to put everything in perspective using something that happened just this week. This is the difference between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
This week, during a speech in Indianapolis, Donald Trump proudly mentioned his endorsement from former heavyweight Mike Tyson:
“Mike Tyson endorsed me. I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me…when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness.”
Some of you may be saying, “Yeah. So what?” Well, Mike Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992, and spent three years in an Indiana prison for it.
Here’s what bothers me about this:
Trump knows Tyson’s a convicted rapist
In 1992, just after Tyson’s conviction, Trump did an interview in which he said Tyson was being railroaded, and essentially blamed the victim:
“You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will. You have a young woman seen dancing for the beauty contest—dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be….It’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case.”
Many believe that Trump defended Tyson because if the heavyweight stayed out of prison, Trump could have made a hefty sum of money, as Trump casinos had hosted Tyson fights in the past.
“He argued at the time Tyson avoiding jail would help ‘far more people’ by ‘allowing the tremendous sums of money from his fights to be put into funds used for rape victims.'”
So, it’s established that Donald Trump is very well acquainted with the fact that Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist.
The rape and Tyson’s prison time occurred in Indiana
Why would Trump even mention Mike Tyson in the state of Indiana? Even if he believed that Tyson didn’t rape Desiree Washington, to bring up such a devastating case in the state in which it occurred is incredibly tasteless.
Some will argue that Trump simply wasn’t thinking. Exactly. Donald Trump doesn’t think. Not a great quality in a president.
Greg Garrison, the prosecutor on the Tyson rape case, said the following on his radio show Thursday:
“Mr. Trump, tough is one thing, a serial rapist is quite something else. A 17-year-old girl, her clothes ripped off her…I’ve been thinking about this all night. Kept me up. You know how I feel about this election stuff. I don’t want to throw rocks at anybody…But this is where I want you to listen to me with both of your ears open.
I see a news piece from back some time ago when Mr. Trump appears to have suggested it was her fault. I’ll tell you one thing Mr. Trump, had that been your daughter, those words would never have come out of your mouth. And you would never have thought about it.
…goodness’ sakes. In Indiana? Really? Did nobody in that whole entourage of yours know that that snake raped a lovely kid in this town? I think I’d beef up my intelligence operation a little bit.”
Trump called Tyson a “tough guy”
“You know, all the tough guys endorse me…when I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now. We need toughness.”
Uh, not that kind of toughness. Once again, this is an example of Donald Trump failing to think things through.
First, the rape of Desiree Washington wasn’t speculation, it wasn’t something that never went to trial–Trump has no plausible deniability here. Mike Tyson was convicted of rape, went to prison for it, and despite that fact, Trump touted Tyson’s “toughness.”
Second, as I mentioned above, Trump brought up the endorsement in the state where Tyson raped his victim. Really?
Trump lashed out at Cruz
After Trump proudly mentioned his Tyson endorsement, Ted Cruz blasted the billionaire:
“Mike Tyson spent three years in prison here in Indiana for rape. And yet in Donald Trump’s world, this convicted rapist is a ‘tough guy.’ You know, I’ve got news for Donald Trump, rapists are not tough guys…
Anyone who believes a convicted rapist is a tough guy, you can understand the whole race right there. I think the people of Indiana see a clear and simple contrast and I have enormous faith in the good judgment and common sense of Hoosiers.”
How did Trump hit back?
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said:
“It just shows what a lair he is. So Mike Tyson, over the Internet, endorsed me. He said ‘I endorse Mr. Trump.’ He said that. That was it. No big deal. I didn’t have a meeting with him. I haven’t seen Mike in years…So, Cruz is now saying ‘Oh, he was a rapist!’ This guy’s a real liar. That’s why we call him lyin’ Ted Cruz.”
Chris Wallace just sat there. He didn’t mention that Trump proudly brought up the Tyson endorsement in a major speech before a massive crowd of people in Indianapolis. He simply allowed Trump to say that Ted Cruz is a liar, even though none of what Cruz said was a lie–even remotely. But this is how Trump spreads his propaganda. He repeats a bunch of BS, no one challenges him, the clip goes out online, and his supporters share it en masse.
Please, Indiana voters, you have a choice on Tuesday. The fight is not over–as some would like you to believe. If you vote for Ted Cruz, and he wins Indiana, Donald Trump can be stopped.
The question is this: Who do you want? A man who touts the endorsement of another man he knows is a convicted rapist? Or a man whose years-long record shows him to be a real constitutional conservative?
Your vote is critical. Make the right decision.