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Is Donald Trump plotting to end the careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich?

July 22, 2016

  donald-trumpThe feud between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz boiled over at the Republican convention this week when the Senator from Texas refused to endorse Donald Trump for President during his speech the other night while urging people to “vote their conscience” instead. (An interesting side-note: while introducing her father last night it seemed to me that Donald Trump’s daughter said much the same thing although she did not use the phrase and she did it for the opposite reason.)

  And then this morning Donald Trump was asked about Ted Cruz and he took the opportunity to go after him one last time. (At least I hope this is the final time, more on that later.) This was a bitter, divisive, and frankly ugly campaign and in my opinion both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump went too far when they attacked each others families and I am glad it is over.

    Now that Donald Trump responded today to Ted Cruz’s actions at the Republican convention it is time to move over and focus on the former Secretary of State however, according to this story, it does not appear as if the billionaire businessman is willing to let it go because he could be preparing to end the political careers of not only Ted Cruz but also of John Kasich. Here is more:

Donald Trump plans to create and fund super-PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party’s convention this week, a source familiar with Trump’s thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday. 

The plan would involve Trump investing millions of his own money –perhaps $20 million or more — in one or two outside groups about six months before their respective election days if Texas Senator Cruz or Ohio Governor Kasich stand for office again. The source said Trump is willing to set up two separate super-PACs – one for Cruz and one for Kasich – and put millions into each.  

The source said that Trump would be willing to invest tens of millions more if necessary to ensure his former competitors didn’t win another race. Of course, the ire that Trump has exhibited in the aftermath of the bitter nomination contest could fade over time, leading the sometimes mercurial billionaire to drop the plans.  

  It is clear that Donald Trump is still bitter and I don’t blame him but he is not guiltless either, but can he actually set up and fund a Super PAC if he is President? Apparently there is a grey area there:

if he occupies the Oval Office, the rules head into a legal gray area. Between elections, or if Trump declares himself a one-term president, he would be allowed to donate to a super-PAC, but is not allowed to solicit contributions of more than $5,000.

  Now that both the primary and the Republican convention are over and the Democratic convention is about to begin it is time for Donald Trump to remain focused on the goal of defeating Hillary Clinton. It is time for him to move on and not be distracted by revenge on his Republican opponents. Of course it is also time for Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney to shut up as well. Ted Cruz, on more than one occasion, came across as a sleazy politician but the voters of Texas should determine his fate in 2018 and beyond. 

   Hillary Clinton is an extremely flawed candidate however the mainstream media will provide her with cover so why give them the ammunition they need to provide that cover? In Rocky II Apollo Creed’s downfall was his ego and the fact he would not “let it go” and while it was only a movie there is a valuable lesson to be learned there.

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  1. July 22, 2016 7:46 pm

    The boys were so sure they had to box in Trump with an agreement to support the winner of the gop race that it apparently never occurred to them he might win. They were thinking of themselves and afraid he would run as a third party candidate. So he signed the pledge. They signed the pledge. Trump invited all of the losers to address the convention. Smart Cruz once again thinking outside the box says to himself, why not launch my 2020 campaign right here and now and to hell with the pledge, and as some say, do other things to the punch bowel. I have no sympathy for Cruz. One time a big supporter, but I find his bible thumping right am I always very tedious these days.

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    • July 22, 2016 7:53 pm

      I think you nailed it Bunkerville! When they made their pledges it was because they thought he would lose and were actually looking to box him in so he would not run third party. But he won and now they are the ones boxed in. While I have major issues with Trump it is also clear these others were also only looking out for what they thought was in their best interests.

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  2. July 22, 2016 9:16 pm

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  3. July 22, 2016 9:20 pm

    Roger Stone and Alex Jones are also planning to unseat Cruz. There are many Cruz supporters who now now feel Cruz has gone too far.

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    • July 23, 2016 7:13 am

      It will be interesting to see if this has any lasting effects, after all Christie was the guy who hugged Obama and handed him the victory and he spoke at the convention.

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  4. Dan permalink
    July 22, 2016 10:24 pm

    Cruz and Kasich are destroying their own political careers.

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    • July 23, 2016 7:13 am

      I cannot argue with that!

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  5. Deborah permalink
    July 23, 2016 5:45 am

    One of my favorite parts of Donald Trump speech was the following:
    “A number of these reforms that I will outline A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests. That is because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit. Believe me. It is for their benefit. For their benefit.
    Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over every single thing she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings. That is why Hillary Clinton’s message is that things will never change. Never ever”.
    Those people, powers Mr Trump spoke of have no party affiliations. They only care about who can protect and advance their interests. This campaign has really exposed who will do that on the Republican side.

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