Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh recently pointed out why Donald Trump invited his former rival Sen. Ted Cruz to speak at the Republican Convention knowing Cruz would not endorse him. Limbaugh remarked:
“One of the crucial things here, that we have learned about this, is Trump knew what Cruz was going to say.
“That story has been reported, that Cruz’s speech was submitted. Cruz has said that the Trump people knew what he was gonna say. The Trump people say that they knew what Cruz was gonna say. And everybody involved let it happen.”
The question then, is why allow Cruz to speak if Trump knew Cruz wasn’t going to endorse him?
“There are two overwhelming, inarguable results from this,” Limbaugh theorized. “Number one, we’re gonna have a ratings bonanza tonight. And number two, we may be seeing the actual first threads of unity build behind Donald Trump because of this. And it could well be that Trump has pulled off a masterful move letting all this happen.
“Not only does he think that, but he has some pretty sterling evidence as to why — I think that the argument that he may have done that is sort of rubber-stamped by the fact that he walked into that convention hall at the exact moment that he knew Cruz was gonna be unloaded on by the audience.
“He walked into that convention hall last night to his box at the exact moment that it was gonna become, it did become clear to everybody, that Cruz was not gonna endorse.”
Meaning, Trump used the opportunity to unite everyone behind him and give the audience a genuine opportunity to respond. And they did. As did everyone else.
Even if people don’t remember a word Trump said, they will remember the throng of people who expressed anger towards Cruz for not keeping his pledge. They will remember Cruz’s petty excuse for not endorsing Trump because his wife and father were criticized, for which he blamed Trump. They will remember Cruz’s inability and/or unwillingness, as a self-describing evangelical Christian, to not forgive his alleged grievances. He would not even pretend to be humble or talk about the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. In fact, that would have been a great message. Instead, Ted Cruz had no problem refusing to do anything to unite the Republican Party, like endorsing the Republican candidate for president.
The social media comments over the next 48 hours all bore the same message: Ted Cruz just dug his own grave. Cruz won’t be a GOP nominee in the future. No wonder no one likes Cruz in Washington, D.C. He’s really disliked not because he’s “outside the Washington, D.C. establishment,” but because he comes across as arrogant, self-righteous, and selfish.
If the good of the country is more important than anything else, why not at least endorse Trump? Why not just bend the metaphorical knee? Especially if Hillary is the Democratic candidate– and insurmountably worse than anyone else (who also should be in prison)?
What most comments on social media showed is exactly what Limbaugh highlighted: Trump allowed Cruz to bury himself. Ted Cruz proved to everyone who he always has been all by himself, without Trump ever having to say one word.
Most people have attributed the Proverbial phrase, “pride comes before a fall,” to Trump. What they miscalculated is that Cruz fell first.
What’s more, is that Cruz could not help acting (and looking) like a sore loser of a team that just lost the World Series and refuses to shake the hands of the winning team members. Shaking hands and acknowledging the betterment of your opponent is one of the first rules even taught to Little Leaguers. Shake hands even if you lose, and don’t criticize the other team in public. If you don’t, it’s bad sportsmanship. Even hot-blooded high-school and college athletes know this.
Apparently, in the big leagues of presidential politics, Cruz showed everyone he would not play ball.
But as every kid knows, being picked last to be on a team is humiliating. Not being picked to ever play is worse. But being shunned by your peers to play on a team of one, by yourself, with no one else, is far worse.