As news broke that President Trump had abandoned Republicans and embraced a temporary budget deal with Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, there was at least one man and his legion of supporters who were not surprised at the sell-out.
Here’s Ted Cruz on the campaign trail in 2016 eerily predicting exactly what has unfolded under President Trump:
Cruz: We’re seeing something fairly remarkable happen on the political terrain. We are seeing the Washington establishment abandoning Marco Rubio. I think they’ve made the determination that Marco can’t win. And they’re rushing to support Donald Trump. And just yesterday, Bob Dole explained why the establishment is supporting Donald Trump. They said, “He’s someone we can make a deal with. He’s someone we can cut a deal with.” And I would note, Donald just a couple days ago drew the difference between me and him. And he said, “Look, Ted won’t go along to get along. He won’t cut a deal.” So if as a voter you think what we need is more Republicans in Washington to cut a deal with Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, then I guess Donald Trump’s your guy.
One of the most bizarre lines of reasoning cited by conservative “tea party” Republicans for supporting Donald Trump over Ted Cruz in the 2016 primary was that Trump was an “outsider” who wasn’t likely to cave to entrenched Washington establishment thinking.
It was always a specious argument given that Trump was a lifelong Democrat whose conversion to conservative talk coincided with the collapse of Obama’s miserable presidency and the run-up to the 2016 election cycle. Trump was always cut from the New York insider mold, having far more in common with Democrat Senate Leader Chuck Schumer than he ever did a red-blooded, “Don’t Tread on Me” tea partier.
And Cruz desperately tried to point that out despite his pleas falling on the deaf ears of those who were busy shouting, “But…he fights!” as some sort of closing argument for Trump. As it turns out, it is clear Trump does fight – bitterly and crassly – against anyone whose principles stand in the way of his self-aggrandizement. Perhaps 2016 primary voters should have given a bit more thought to what exactly Trump would “fight” for.