It will take more than demonstrators and Sen. Ted Cruz’s choice of Carly Fiorina as his running mate to stop Donald Trump in California. As of early Friday morning, an average of California polls maintained by Real Clear Politics show Trump with 45.7 percent of Republicans planning to vote in the June 7 California presidential primary. Cruz is in second place with 28.3 percent. Gov. John Kasich is last with 18 percent.
Anti-Trump demonstrators broke a windshield of a police patrol car Thursday night in Costa Mesa, where Trump was campaigning, halted traffic and caused general disorder in the streets. Rightly or wrongly, violent demonstrations solidify support for those who are the targets of violent demonstrations.
Fiorina simply does not have the pull to close the huge gap between Cruz and Trump. Fiorina was defeated by about 10 percentage points when she tried to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. Her record as the chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard was one factor that defeated her in the election. Earlier this year, she lost by landslides in every primary she entered during her brief stint as a presidential candidate. She moved out of California several years ago, and has no political organization in California to speak of.
Whatever feelings one may have about Trump, it is clear the methods being used against him are not within the United States’ democratic tradition. Cruz’s record in the U.S. Senate makes it clear that if he disagrees with the way things are going, he uses parliamentary procedures to shut down the government. His strategy is the same in his bid for the presidency. He is losing the race for the nomination, and is using party rules to try to shut down the GOP convention.
The right to assemble in a peaceful manner is a basic American principle. Shutting down traffic and attacking the police are not. Whatever the demonstrators represent, it is not democracy in action.