Republicans have continued to align themselves with Ted Cruz in order to keep Donald Trump from winning the nomination. Despite Cruz’s education, polished oratory and strong voter appeal, Cruz only knows how to do one thing and that is to say no. Trump knows how to make a deal. Sure, some ventures were a flop — something not uncommon for lifelong entrepreneurs. But his net worth, to the tune of $4.5 billion according to Forbes, is not exactly indicative of a dummy. His blustering speech and non-conformist policy proposals make him an unorthodox fit for the GOP nomination, but that is no reason to gravitate towards Cruz. In fact, it is a sign of shortsightedness and desperation.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, Ted’s father, Rafael Cruz said, “We need to get to the point where, instead of listening to the rhetoric, we look to the record. Candidates will say what people want to hear. We look at what they do and what they have done.” A lack of acceptance for Cruz by GOP leadership has demonstrated that he lacks the ability to negotiate, govern according to the rule of law, and navigate amicably through differences of opinion.
Cruz spearheaded the 2013 federal government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion. He defended Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses as required by the Supreme Court. Cruz possibly holds the record for saying “no” in the Senate:
- His first vote was “nay” on the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act — a bill authorizing $60 billion for relief agencies that would in part provide much-needed federal funds for New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.
- Cruz voted against key bills such as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
- Voted against the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act
- Said NO when it came to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
- Said NO to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act
Cruz also voted against renewing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act last December. The act finances health care programs through 2090. Like Trump, Cruz prides himself on his idiosyncrasies and personal brand of political independence. But while critics repeatedly lambaste Trump for failed ventures such as Trump Steaks and Trump Vodka, those are just two of countless projects undertaken by the business mogul. Cruz’s Senate record and reputation show he fails at his full-time job.
The dangers of a Cruz candidacy haven’t exactly been lost on the Republican Party. His cocky personality and inability to “play nice” in the Senate are well-known. As Sen. Lindsey Graham, a onetime 2016 candidate himself, quipped in February, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.” (Just three weeks later and exhibiting a full-blown case of “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” Graham announced he’d be backing Cruz’s bid for the nomination.)