It was a very wise move that Ted Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship 18 months ago. Senator John McCain is certainly no friend of Ted!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2016
McCain isn’t a friend?
It is impossible to overreact to such outrageous levels of chutzpah. When Trump raises his hands to conduct, he is conducting an orchestra of one: himself. He is the orchestra, the conductor and even his own audience.
It has been amusing, to say the least, watching how Ted Cruz danced around the issue of Donald Trump each and every time it has come up, and how Donald Trump has done a little song and dance of his own where Cruz’s birth-status is concerned.
There was a minor birther “sighting” back in March 2015, but told ABC News as recently as September that “I hear it was checked out by every attorney and every which way and I understand Ted is in fine shape.”
That was before Iowa, and the Cruz surge in the polls. Before Cruz was a threat.
Donald Trump says he isn’t attacking Ted Cruz, mind you. He says he is just making a “candid assessment” of Ted Cruz’s birth situation. In the vernacular, he’s not sayin’, he’s just sayin’.
“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem. It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.”
He went on:
“I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport.”
Yeah. We feel you, Donald. You’re really broken up, aren’t you?
Because it’s far worse to be a Canadian than to declare bankruptcy a bunch of times.
And it’s not just Canada. It’s Cuba.
In Iowa last month, where Cruz is threatening to trump Trump, the mogul candidly assessed the religious situation of Cuba:
“Just remember this — you’ve got to remember, in all fairness, to the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay? Just remember that . . . just remember.”
Makes you wonder if Trump isn’t feeling a bit insecure about his “little cracker” and “little wine” comment.
But hey, Trump isn’t attacking Cruz or anything. He’s just helpfully pointing out that “People are bringing it up.”
Cruz tweeted a response to ” @realDonaldTrump calling into question my natural-born citizenship,” a video of Fonzie jumping the shark in Happy Days. Cruz wasn’t fooled by talk of ‘candid assessments.’
The Cuban anarchist says he still likes Trump, but you have to wonder at what point the gloves will come off. One can be ‘candidly assessed’ by a friend only so often before he’s not a friend.
For now, however, Cruz is content to campaign with James Dobson in Iowa against non-existent atheist presidential candidates, of which, by last count, we have…um, ZERO, complaining that “If you don’t begin every day on your knees asking God for His wisdom and support, I don’t believe you’re fit to do this job.”
Because, you know, that’s all in the Constitution. Oh wait…
But hey, Trump did warn that evangelicals don’t come out of Cuba, so you know, maybe ole Ted is over-compensating, sorta like Bobby Jindal trying really hard to be a white evangelical. Isn’t it funny that two guys who don’t fit your usual “white Christian Republican” stereotype are trying so hard to be the white Christian Republicans of the moment.
That’s almost better than what his campaign manager is saying in Virginia, railing against the ‘Socialized Education System’ and homosexuality’s ‘Prevention Of The Seed.’
You’d think some Gay Five Year Plan had been announced or something. Wish these guys would campaign against real problems.
I suppose John McCain should have limited himself to a ‘candid assessment’ rather than, you know, actually saying. To use Trump’s own words, it’s “very sad.”
But you could say that about the entire Republican Party and all its candidates. You know, as a ‘candid assessment.’
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.