Is Donald Trump plotting to end the careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich?
The 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.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium