By Dave Thompson
The United States dodged a bullet when Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. For whatever perceived faults he may have, Trump’s victory saved the citizens of the United States from having to choose between Hillary, a well-documented liar with total disrespect for the law, and one of four opponents who have demonstrated publically that a signed commitment means absolutely nothing to them.
All of the Republican candidates signed a pledge during the primary race to support the Republican nominee no matter who it was.
The first 2016 presidential candidate to back Trump was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after suspending his campaign following the New Hampshire primary in February. Governor Christie was quoted as saying,” “I said to Mary Pat, we never ever make a mistake by standing with your friend and Donald Trump is my friend,”
Christie was followed by Dr. Ben Carson who endorsed Trump after suspending his own campaign in March.
Later former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said they would support Trump. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is letting his support be shown by action not words.
In May following the Indiana primary, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and even Jim Gilmore have all confirmed that they’ll support the Republican nominee against likely Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in November.
However at this time there are four former candidates who have either avoided answering questions as only a career politician can as demonstrated by Ted Cruz on two different occasions:
- According to the Washington Post, “Cruz spent 772 words responding to the question — Todd chimed in every once in a while to push the Texas senator — and never really got to an answer.”
- On May 10, Cruz told radio host Glenn Beck, “We’ll see what happens as the months go forward. I think we need to watch and see what the candidates say and do.”
- Governor John Kasich, when he suspended his campaign being the last Republican challenger against Trump, skillfully didn’t mention Trump in his speech or indicate how he is leaning. He has subsequently said he would not support Donald Trump and has vowed not to attend the convention being held in his home state of Ohio.
The final two out of the sixteen 2016 GOP presidential candidates vow never to support Trump, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham (RSC) addressed it in the following manner:
- Former Governor Bush went so far as to post on his Facebook page; “In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life.”
- According to Senator Graham “My position remains the same regarding both candidates running for president,” Graham stated. “I will do what I can in the Senate to help the next president. The next president will inherit a mess.”
- Graham, although he apparently had a pleasant phone call with the presumptive nominee recently, is still vowing not to support him in November.
Clearly signing a pledge to these four sanctimonious men means nothing to them, which is certainly a window into how they would have treated the American citizens had they been elected to the Presidency of the United States.