Why Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s #Kruzich Plan is Pointless


Ted Cruz's chances are about as good as Bernie Sanders' at this point. (Nathan Congleton/Flickr)

At this stage in the Republican contest, Donald Trump has emerged as the clear front-runner. He cemented his delegate lead with a resounding win in the New York primary and followed his Empire State victory with another Super Tuesday sweep.

It seems impossible for either Ted Cruz or John Kasich to gain the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the Republican nomination at this point. Trump has steamrolled through election season as the dystopian supreme leader du jour.

Cue panic and apocalyptic hysteria throughout the Republican Party--and rightfully so. Trump is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate, a polarizing monstrosity who has emboldened xenophobes and white supremacists across the nation during his violent campaign rallies. He is a George Wallace for the new millennium, and he has unified sane men and women on both ends of the political spectrum with his crowd-inciting tactics and blasé re-tweeting of quotes by famous Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Members of the Republican establishment are dismayed at his rise. Trump's blatantly bigoted rhetoric is apparently at odds with their brand of slow-burning systemic racism, sexism and homophobia (I’m talking the War on Drugs, the War on Gay Marriage, the War on Reproductive Rights, respectively).

Enter #Kruzich. Days after the New York primary, Lyin’ Ted and “1 for 38” John Kasich teamed up to stop the orange force that is Trump. The plan of attack? Kasich pulls of out Indiana to give Cruz votes, and Cruz returns the favor in New Mexico and Oregon. It is a last-ditch attempt to stop Trump, and one that reeks of desperation. One of Trump’s largest campaign talking points, in addition to walls and Muslim-bashing, is something along the lines of “Everyone is out to get me!” Cruz and Kasich’s new allegiance is fuel for the “Poor Trump” narrative.

If there are two things that Trump loves, however, it’s fighting back and saying people have “totally failed,” and he was quick to respond to the news of the Cruz-Kasich coalition:

“This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!”

#Kruzich seems unlikely to #StopTrump. A recent, frankly far more interesting, development in the Republican Primary is the fact that Kasich has finally earned his own Trump nickname, “1 for 38,” an allusion to Kasich's primary contest success rate (ouch).

I’m all for stopping Trump, but there is no lesser of two evils here (let's pretend #Kruzich is a two-headed monster, for argument's sake). Ted Cruz, the candidate with the second-highest amount of delegates, is just as terrifying a candidate as his nemesis. He keeps company with a number of charmingly homophobic pastors, such as Kevin Swanson, who introduced Cruz at a National Religious Liberties Conference in 2015 after screaming about murdering gay people. Seriously.

Then there is Tony Perkins, the head of Cruz’s anti-abortion coalition and noted homophobe. Or Christian Evangelist Mike Bickle, who once said that Jews who did not renounce their faith would be subjected to “hunters, and the most famous hunter in recent history is a man named Adolph Hitler.” Cruz gladly accepted an endorsement from the charming fellow. Ted Cruz keeps seriously disturbing company. Perhaps the biggest difference between Cruz and Trump is the fact that Trump makes better copy.

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Why Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s #Kruzich Plan is Pointless

Clementine Amidon

Clementine is a graduate of Mount Holyoke, where she studied English and French. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, the New York Observer, USA Today, BUST, and Odyssey. Clementine is an undercover short story writer, and in her spare time she’s on a quest to craft the perfect tweet.

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