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Ted Cruz suspends campaign, clearing path for Trump to get nomination

Texas senator quits the race after losing to Donald Trump in Indiana, while Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton

Ted Cruz suspended his campaign on Tuesday after a crushing defeat in Indiana’s primary, leaving the way clear for Donald Trump to become the Republican nominee for president.   

The Texas senator, who rose to fame with his quixotic 17-day attempt to shut down the government, was the last remaining competitor to Trump with a clear shot at the nomination. However, after staking his campaign on a win in Indiana, Cruz suffered an overwhelming loss in the Hoosier State.    ….. Read more

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  • Clyde Duncan  On May 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Elizabeth Warren wrote: –
    Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party. It’s real – he is one step away from the White House. Here’s what else is real:

    Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia. There’s more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.

    He incites supporters to violence, praises Putin, and, according to a columnist who recently interviewed him, is “cool with being called an authoritarian” and doesn’t mind associations with history’s worst dictators.

    He attacks veterans like John McCain who were captured and puts our service-members at risk by cheerleading illegal torture. In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a “collection of charlatans,” and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called “incoherent” and “truly bizarre.”

    What happens next will test the character for all of us – Republican, Democrat, and Independent. It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man’s narcissism and divisiveness.

    I know which side I’m on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.

  • Clyde Duncan  On May 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    America’s Trump nightmare has arrived – by Lucia Graves – The Guardian UK

    Donald Trump could actually be the next president. Just let that sink in.

    This is a man who actively demeans women, has encouraged violence at his campaign rallies, would ban all Muslims from entering the USA and recently seemed undisturbed by an endorsement from a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. And yet Trump, a political outsider, is poised to grasp the highest office in the land.

    It was never supposed to happen. But here we are. Tonight in Indiana, in the primary that nobody thought would matter, the thing that nobody thought possible a year ago, is really coming to pass. Donald Trump is going to clinch the Republican nomination. He is really winning, like he always says. Only it’s not a joke or catchy mantra – it’s reality.

    And even he seems to understand how absurd that is. “It’s been an unbelievable day and evening and year,” Trump said at the beginning of his acceptance speech.

    Unbelievable is one word for it.

    After the race was called from Trump on Tuesday night, Ted Cruz, the only thing standing between him and the nomination, suspended his campaign.

    This was never supposed to happen. Early polling had showed a tight race between Trump and Cruz. And Cruz had thrown everything he had at the contest, from money, to a newsy presidential pick and a non-aggression pact with John Kasich. Even up until tonight’s election, insiders continued to insist that delegate math protect the party from Trump’s nomination.

    But suddenly with Cruz’s announcement, the specter of a contested convention fell away and the Republican primary was a one-man show. One big, orange, frightening one-man show.

    Beaming at his audience on stage in the Trump Tower, he heaped lavish praise on people he’s disparaged the most, from women – he’s called them “dogs” and “fat pigs” – to Cruz himself, whom he recently declared “everyone hates.”

    “He is a tough smart competitor”, Trump said of Cruz, a man he’d earlier said that everyone hates. Never-mind what’s honest, Trump has never been concerned with that.

    The relationship between the two men has always been politically transparent, and tonight was no exception. After all, Trump will need to win over Cruz’s evangelical base if he’s ever going to beat Hillary Clinton in a general election. So with Cruz out of the race, he went from being Trump’s Opponent-in-Chief to being his Ally-in-Chief.

    And he does have some support in such shenanigans. No sooner had Cruz stepped aside then Republican chairman Reince Priebus tried to get out ahead of the narrative by calling for the party to unite behind Trump.
    “@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton”, he tweeted. And some like Alabama’s Jeff Sessions have long said Trump’s just what the party need.

    Not everyone’s on-board (Cruz, in one of his last acts as a presidential candidate, nuked the billionaire real estate mogul as a “pathological liar”), but it doesn’t matter anymore.

    With all 57 of Indiana’s delegates under his belt, Trump has a breezy path to the 1,237 count he needs to steer clear of a contested convention in Cleveland this summer. And he doesn’t have an opponent in sight.

    Indiana was the moment when Cruz said that, if Trump wins again, “America will plunge into the abyss.” Maybe he was right – November is still a long way off.

    Meanwhile the new normal in America is a strange reality indeed. Donald Trump is winning and nobody – not Ted Cruz nor the entire Republican party working in concert (remember the #NeverTrump crusade?), can stop him. [Chilling Thought]

  • Albert  On May 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    One American historian said to the effect that the working of a true Democracy depends on having a well informed electorate. Hope I am wrong but it seems that a major percent of our average American Joe could be sold snake oil by a good salesman. The danger is not Trump but the people who put him there. To his angry aging base Trump promises to make America great again by such things as bringing back manufacturing jobs paying $3/day overseas and they think he is the greatest. They don’t seem to be too concern with answers to such a question as how do you get businessmen, whose only objective is profit, to exchange an hard working $3/day workforce for an aged, arthritic, $15-20/day bunch.

  • Clyde Duncan  On May 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Albert: You are an accountant – I failed arithmetic – so allow me to point out a small error – your close should read:

    “They don’t seem to be too concerned with answers to such a question as how do you get businessmen, whose only objective is profit, to exchange a hard working $3/day workforce for an aged, arthritic, $ 65-80/day bunch?”

    But its only a campaign promise?? The means to an end ….
    The goal is to make the USA a “White and Christian Nation again!”
    Of course, the white man is more believable than any one else ….??

    The danger is not Trump but the people who put him there.

  • Albert  On May 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    $65-80day? That’s the going labor rate now. Evidence as to how long I am out of the job market. In a few years only Mc Donald would be around.

  • Clyde Duncan  On May 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Ha – ha – ha – Before the price of oil collapsed, they were offering – I believe, a thousand dollars upfront, to sell coffee and donuts in Alberta. Some immigrants called it “stupid money” …. Today, the Oil Sands is tanking and the economy is in bad shape – the current forest fire is not helping, at all.

    I don’t know if you are aware, but they were discussing including Mc Donald’s as a “manufacturing job” to fudge the labour statistics. It might sound appalling now, but in a few years time – it would make sense to those being born today.

    Don’t laugh – this was a serious discussion at the time.

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