~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
There’s a Cruz underground at the Republican National Convention, one that claims it’s being boxed out and even physically suppressed by an official apparatus determined to throw the party’s weight behind Donald Trump. When you walk the halls, its members will come up to you whispering about the injustice, about being silenced, about the “butthurt.” And just when you notice that they’re not wearing any Trump insignia, just a round white pin with a light gray “C” with a small flame at its heart—that’s when they’ll show you photos documenting the conspiracy against their candidate. There’s the photo of the teleprompter from Monday night before the voice vote that says “THE AYES HAVE IT.” “They were always going to have it that way, we didn’t even have a chance,” says one Louisiana delegate. There’s the photo from Tuesday’s nominating roll call vote of the empty seats of the Virginia delegation, with some man passing out credentials to anyone who would take one. There’re the stories of intimidation and threats to take away the credentials of the rebellious, Cruz-supporting delegation from Washington state.
“Yesterday, before the vote, they had someone come and lead us in prayer,” says Washington state delegate Selena Coppa. “They said, ‘May God put his hand on your mouth when you think of speaking out, and may God put his hand on your shoulder when you think of standing up.’”
“A woman from the Georgia delegation was intimidated in the bathroom. She was pushed up against the wall because she didn’t support Trump,” said Martin Mertz, a Washington delegate. “Intimidation—that’s the Trump way!”
“We sat near them,” said a Utah delegate of the way the Washington state delegation was whipped. He, too, was wearing a C pin. “And the veterans among us said they’d never seen such heavy-handed tactics.”
The Republican Party may have nominated Trump, but the resistance continues. And the party apparatus does appear to be working hard to keep it under control. Strapping young men dressed like Masters of the Universe and wearing fluorescent yellow baseball caps roam the halls and the convention floor. “We’re the whips,” one of them told me. “Now that the [nominating] vote is over, we’re singling out the protesters to make sure things are flowy.”
Steve Scalise, congressman from Louisiana and House Majority Whip, was sent in to pacify a restive, pro-Cruz faction of his state’s delegation, telling them at a breakfast Wednesday that if they don’t vote for Trump, they’re voting for Hillary. The heavily pro-Cruz Utah delegation was promised a visit to their state by Mike Pence, whom conservatives there like and accept.
And yet, the Cruz underground was not giving up. When I asked the Utah delegate if he’d be campaigning for Trump in the general election, he smiled and said, “No, ma’am.” When Cruz began to speak, I talked to Marc Perez, a Washington delegate with a red Cruz Conservative T-shirt peeking out from under his blazer. “We respect the nomination of Donald Trump, but today, we’re honoring Ted Cruz,” he began, gingerly feeling the conversation’s temperature. After a few minutes, though, he said, “Most of us are for Cruz.”
I asked him whether he would vote for Trump in November.
“No,” he said, crisply. Trump, he said, “is a populist; he is not a conservative. I don’t want Hillary to win, but I’m not going to spend my time campaigning for him. I’ll be actively campaigning for down-ballot conservatives.”
I truly have no words for any of this! Insane!
The same gut feeling you have about Cruz, I have about Trump! One day after the convention speech, Trump revives the Cruz father and the JFK Assassination thing! Then he said he may start a Pac and put 20 million dollars in it to fight Cruz for his Senate seat! This is the very thing Obama and the left do! I think he is a loose cannon. I will refrain from how I really feel about him at this point! It's morning and I don't need to raise my BP! :) Shouldn't he be worried about Hillary now?
I agree with that jfk stuff. It had no place the first time around, and certainly has none now.
Cruz did let Trump see the speech he was going to give, and Trump was also aware Cruz would not endorse him ahead of time as well. Cruz did not say one negative thing in that speech about Trump. Trump, the next day, is back to attacking Cruz's father.
Some of the things Cruz did during the campaign bothered me. Having said that, how in the world can you have a negative reaction to how Cruz conducted himself, but vote for Trump? It's beyond me. Frankly, at this point, I don't care what people do.
Here are the pesky facts: Trump is an unhinged, narcissistic, progressive, liar that donated to hillary, is/was a friend of Soros, and is owned by Soros using Trump's own logic in how he owned politicians.
If I were a Trump supporter, personally, I would worry more about those pesky facts. However, Trump supprters can keep doing what Trump is doing, and attacking Cruz, or whomever else disagrees with him rather than attacking his opponent. See how far that gets him.
The gut feeling was not brought on by how Cruz conducted himself. I have no desire to attack Cruz. I simply don't like him.
Hi JG I respect your opinion, but I think it's a matter of should he have spoken at the convention not could he. Rather he should have or not is debatable, but he had over 500 delegates which gave him a right to speak. I would say the same for anyone who was a presidential candidate. Some chose to do so, some didn't.
I'm not sure it is really fair to judge him by his campaign emails, which he probably didn't even write. I've read the reasons you did not support him before, which is your prerogative, but most of it seems to be for superficial reasons and feelings. Of course none of it matters now, for better or worse Trump is the Republican nominee.
Hi Watchman. I respect your opinion as well, just as I do the others here. I say this with a smile and love - those feelings...the gut ones? It's a long story, but I'm alive today because I followed those feelings.
I started this off all in for Gov. Walker. He was the first one knocked out by Trump. As for the Cruz emails, yes, he is responsible for their content, and the gimmicky bullshit in them, unless he denounced them. I got emails from all of them at the end. You know who had the most professional, most sincere, most understandable message? Bernie Sanders! He's probably the most honest and sincere in the whole election. I just happen to disagree with his politics.