Cruz Is Not Who I Thought
When Ted Cruz arrived on the scene, he was like a breath of fresh air. He was endorsed and helped into office by the Tea Party and has earned the hatred of Washington DC's establishment, including the ire of his colleagues in the Republican Party. Ted Cruz was the real anti-establishment, principled conservative America needed – until he started campaigning for the GOP nomination.
As Ted Cruz's campaign ramped into full swing, his credibility and trustworthiness collapsed with the start of the Republican primaries in Iowa. From his dirty campaign hits against Ben Carson and his straight forward lies in defense of them, Cruz's campaign began piling on reasons to disavow his image as a wholesome and principled conservative.
Ted Cruz is not credible, trustworthy or principled. He isn't the guy I thought he was a year ago. Ted Cruz has given me more reasons to believe he'd break most of his promises before keeping even one of them.
Ben Carson And CNN
Following false reports of Ben Carson dropping out of the GOP race immediately after Iowa, Ted Cruz deflected the blame to CNN. Knowing that his voters and much of the GOP base have no trust in mainstream media, Cruz made CNN the scapegoat in his attack on Ben Carson.
In the GOP debate following the false allegations that Ben Carson was going to drop out of the race, Ted Cruz said, “My political team saw CNN's breaking news and they forwarded that news to our volunteers. It was being covered on live television.” To supplement his lie, Cruz even blurted out times that CNN allegedly covered Ben Carson's fake campaign suspension.
It turns out, CNN never reported that Ben Carson was suspending his campaign. There was no breaking news and it was not –ever– broadcast as breaking news on CNN. Ted Cruz constructed an elaborate and detailed red herring.
Ted Cruz later pivoted to a tweet from reporter Chris Moody, which stated that Ben Carson would be taking a break following the Iowa caucuses, but would be returning to the campaign trail after a few days off in Florida. Aside from Chris Moody's tweet, there was no breaking news or reports of Ben Carson dropping out of the GOP race. Cruz's campaign concocted the entire report.
In his war against Obamacare, Ted Cruz made the claim that his family had lost health coverage because of Obamacare. In January, Cruz told a New Hampshire crowd that his family had lost health coverage and was in a mad scramble to replace it. Even though many American families have lost health coverage because of Obamacare, the Cruz family wasn't one of them. Cruz also made the false claim that Blue Cross Blue Shield was forced to cancel all of their individual coverage plans in Texas.
What really happened: Cruz's health plan was being transitioned to another plan.
After being called out for his remarks about losing health coverage because of Obamacare, Cruz told Politico, “When you let your health insurance policy lapse, your wife gets really ticked at you.”
Ted Cruz and his family never lost their health coverage and his remarks were walked back after the truth came to light.
Wall Street Loans
Combating Wall Street, the GOP establishment and their big donors was a major theme in Cruz's campaign. Except one major detail that Cruz went to lengths to keep secret: a loan from his wife's employer, Goldman Sachs.
Heidi Cruz joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in 2005. Heidi took out a loan from Goldman Sachs that Ted used to help finance his run for senate in 2012. When it came time to disclose this loan to the Federal Election Commission, Ted Cruz didn't bother. Not only did Ted Cruz use a loan from Goldman Sachs to finance his campaign and then refuse to disclose it, he told media that he and Heidi had liquidated all of their assets to fund his 2012 campaign. This was not true.
According to ethics reports that all candidates are required to file, Cruz's assets saw a net gain of up to $400,000 in 2012. Another revelation in the ethics report: Cruz also took a line of credit from Citibank, possibly to help finance his campaign.
Failing to disclose assets used to fund campaigns results in minor fines and isn't uncommon in politics. When asked about the failure to disclose the Goldman Sachs loan, the Cruz campaign brushed it off as an oversight, instead of what it really was: an attempt to hide Ted Cruz's relationship with the same people he publicly attacks for political gain.
Among many of Ted Cruz's inaccurate statements, one of his most laughably false happened on February 28, in which he took another opportunity to portray Donald Trump as a Democrat Party favorite.
On ABC's This Week, Ted Cruz said, “There's a reason Harry Reid, when asked about the Republican field, said the Republican he likes the best is Donald Trump.” This was taken out of context from a joke told earlier by Harry Reid in which he snidely remarked, “With that bunch of people running, I'm kind of pulling for [Trump]”.
The same day Reid made the joke, he took to the senate floor and said, “The danger Donald Trump's candidacy poses to our country is not a joke. Since he launched his bid for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has proven over and over again that he is a hateful demagogue.”
In the GOP debate in Houston, Ted Cruz said, “For decades, Donald has been advocating socialized medicine. A couple of debates ago, he said if you don't support socialized healthcare, you're heartless.” The problem with this statement is that it's more than 100% false. Trump has not advocated for socialized healthcare, but more importantly, he never said that people who don't support socialized healthcare are heartless. Cruz's claims are off-the-grid misleading. Not one GOP debate transcript from the primary season provides evidence for Cruz's claim.
Cruz's misleading campaign attacks continued following tabloid allegations about a sex scandal, when Cruz held a press conference about the allegations and used the time to blame Trump for planting the story at the National Enquirer. This time, the problem was that the story had been circulating for months and was being investigated by Breitbart, The New York Times and Politico before the National Enquirer published it. The Huffington Post confirmed the story's pre-Enquirer roots on March 26 with the subtitle: “Reporters and operatives spent months caught up in unsubstantiated claims of a sex scandal before they ran in the National Enquirer.”
It has also been reported that Marco Rubio's campaign attempted to shop the story to media before his campaign was suspended.
After Black Lives Matter and Moveon.org disruptors shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago, Ted Cruz threw away all his conservative principles for the sake of being the opposite of Donald Trump. Rather than stand up with Trump to denounce the thugish, Alinsky tactics of the disruptors, Cruz chose to side with them and with mainstream media.
When asked about the rally, Cruz said, “When you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse.”
Donald Trump disrespects voters? Encourages violence? He's completely to blame for violent, professional protesters? Ted Cruz took on all the characteristics of the victim-blaming media and Democrats so he could stand apart from Donald Trump for a few minutes more. Rather than place blame on the professional disruptors, Cruz chose to join the choir for his own political advantage, proving that he doesn't care about principles or free speech as much as he cares about beating Donald Trump.
It has come to the point where we need to begin asking ourselves what kind of president Ted Cruz would be. He abandons his so-called values and principles immediately after accusing Trump of having none. How are we to know Ted Cruz won't carry his hypocrisy and affinity for abandoning his own principles into the White House?