Which GOP presidential hopeful is more evil — Ted Cruz or Donald Trump? Obviously it depends who you ask. If you ask former House Speaker John Boehner, he will tell you that Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch” to boot.
Last night it was Donald Trump’s turn. Speaking to a crowd of Cruz supporters in La Porte, Ind., a prominent Republican said:
I believe in the people of the Hoosier state. I believe that the men and women gathered here and the goodness of the American people, that we will not give into evil but we will remember who we are and we will stand for our values. [Emphasis added]
The name of that well-known pol? Ted Cruz.
Then there’s the ever-reliable RINO Lindsay Graham, who made an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” this past Sunday to share his considered opinion that the only person Trump can beat in a general election is Lucifer. It’s not clear whether he was referring back to Cruz, but he went on to offer this:
When it comes to women and Hispanics, Trump polls like Lucifer, so this is a contest between conservatism and Trumpism, and Trumpism will get creamed in the ballot box.
Now name calling in politics is nothing new. But Cruz may have taken intra-party flame throwing to a new low, when he added, “We are not a bitter, angry, petty, bigoted people,” thereby playing into the Democratic narrative vis-á-vis Trump.
A good many pundits see today’s primary in Indiana as Cruz’s last stand. Whether that turns out to be the case or Cruz lives to fight another day, it would behoove him (and Trump, for that matter) to ease up on the infighting. Whoever emerges as the Republican candidate will have an uphill battle persuading voters, especially Democrats, that Hillary Clinton is the wrong candidate for the job of president. By assailing each other as evil incarnate, they are only helping her achieve her goal.