In what many called the “Big West Tuesday Primary”, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won big in the Arizona primary for their respective parties while Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won big for their parties in Utah. Bernie won big in Idaho as well as did Cruz back on March 8 on the Republican side.
The fact that Trump and Hillary won big in Arizona is not surprising. Arizona is a prime example of the entire country. Most Americans are sick and fed up with illegal immigration and simply want it stopped by almost any means possible; including a “big beautiful wall”. Farmers and ranchers on the border with Mexico are sick and tired of their properties being ransacked illegally squatted on and often losing cattle killed by illegals for food.
On the other hand, the thousands of illegals and their legal family members which live in Arizona eagerly support Hillary Clinton’s popular “open borders” policy which assures continued illegal immigration and virtually awards people for criminal activity.Regardless of which side of the proverbial illegal immigration fence you might be on, Trump and Clinton did indeed have big nights of winning.
Trump took another winner take all state moving him ever closer to the magic 1,237 delegate number needed to clinch the nomination on the first round of voting at the GOP convention in July.
For Cruz, the Utah win was no surprise. Utah’s huge Mormon population and mostly conservative leanings along with a huge push by Talk Show host Glenn Beck (also a Mormon) was almost certain to gain the win for Ted Cruz.
Glenn Beck’s claim that he is guided by God to help save America through Ted Cruz simply intensifies a near cultic following by many Christians who support the Texas Senator’s presidential candidacy.
The Cruz win in Wisconsin on April 5, was very similar. Wisconsin is a very conservative state; almost to the extreme with a rich Evangelical Lutheran heritage and a very devout Baptist Governor in Scott Walker.
Scott Walker was basically forced out of the race after Donald Trump began a massive rise in the polls and began being credited with many of the debates. Governor Walker decided to endorse Ted Cruz in the final week leading up to the Tuesday primary which many believe was more an effort to “Dump Trump” on behalf of the Republican Establishment; which Walker has been actually accused of being among those included.
In addition, once again the self-proclaimed Talk Show host “prophet” Glenn Beck was hot to trot on the Cruz trail but not proclaiming the righteousness of Texas Ted but rather what he deems as the unrighteousness of Donald Trump.
On his Friday Radio Program, Glenn Beck went one step further in blatantly stating that there was no way Donald Trump is a real, genuine Christian.
It is actually difficult to listen to a person like Beck with such a checkered past of his own, openly judge another person and attempt to use the Bible as an authority to do so; not even the televangelist conduct themselves in such a judgmental manner.
The way in which Mr. Beck is demonstrating his support for Ted Cruz is simply disgusting and the way that Senator Cruz as a Christian himself just stands back and allows this disgusting attack on a candidate while using the Bible as his license for doing such is unconscionable.
Another sad thing about the Glenn Beck endorsement of Cruz is that the Cruz rallies are less about Candidate Cruz and more predominately about the need to “dump Trump”.
There has never been such a contentious effort to both win the nomination and destroy the opposing candidates within the same party in the campaign process; it’s just crazy. Admittedly, Trump was probably the initiator to a great extent but in his defense, he is a negotiator and businessman and not a politician or campaigner; as such Trump does what comes natural.
With many political pundits saying any chance for Cruz to expand his primary delegate count will be over by April 26, the Cruz organization is looking elsewhere by desperately competing for delegates in a “Black Ops” type of campaign. This is a process where Cruz’s state and county workers are moving aggressively to literally steal already committed delegates from states which had previously voted for Trump and Trump won their delegates or in states not yet voted but the polls show that Trump has an immense lead. It seems impossible but the Cruz people are doing it.
Although the “Black Ops” campaign method is legal and allowable within GOP rules, Donald Trump has brought to light this not so well known process and it’s making people angry. In Colorado and Wyoming the people weren’t even given an opportunity to vote. The GOP wouldn’t even allow Trump supporters to be considered as delegates.
In reality, with all the Cruz rhetoric of how he’s the only candidate who can beat Trump one on one and ultimately beat Hillary in the general election, the truth is, there hasn’t been a big win for Cruz yet; he hasn’t actually won anything. It is nothing more than a dog and pony show with nothing of substance to really show. At best he’s a good second place runner up and in the North Eastern states, he even comes in last.
His most recent wins come amidst violation of the very thing he claims to hold dear to his heart, his principles and Christian values. While accusing Trump of every immoral, unethical, non-Christian and questionable behavior imaginable, Cruz allows his own people to do the very same kind of thing in an effort to gain delegates.
As with any organization there is always occasional internal conflict but the current conflict within the Republican Party this presidential election cycle has for better or worse, revealed a much darker side of both the inner and outer workings of our political system; a system which many now believe needs an immediate overhaul.
The irony is that neither Cruz nor Trump is actually desired by the establishment GOP and very possibly both candidates and their campaigns are playing right into party hands in which neither comes out the winner and Republican Party voters end up the ultimate loser.