Choosing between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the dangerous and the scary, is making the Republican Party pick the lesser evil.
Until the first week of April Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have 750 and 475 respectively out of 1,237 needed to win the GOP nomination for the elections in November. They are the two candidates that remain with most chances.
Meanwhile former Ohio Governor, John Kasich with 143 delegate aims to keep in the race until the Cleveland convention and hopes to stand a chance in the ballot. But Trump and Cruz are working to stop this from happening, demanding the Rules Committee, which meets a week before the convection, to make a rule that requires candidates a minimum support to be in the ballot.
With Kasich out of the way, the GOP would have to chose between the scary and the dangerous, the names given to Cruz and Trump by Doyle Mc Manus in a Los Angeles Times column.
He says "Cruz is scary, but Trump is dangerous. Cruz's soft spot for pro-American dictators would actually be a return to the conservative orthodoxy that prevailed before Ronald Reagan injected democracy promotion into GOP foreign policy."
In a recent debate, Cruz said the US should've protected Moammar Kadafi, Libyian dictator instead of helping overthrow him because he was a "significant ally in fighting radical Islamic terrorism".
"But Trump, who has a distinct authoritarian streak, seems to admire autocrats like Putin even when they're not pro-American," says Mc Manus. Trump wants countries like South Korea and Japan to increase payments for US military protection, set off a trade war with China and make Mexico pay for his wall, even though he's never explained how.
More so, Randall Stephens in a The Conversation article says "By many measures, [Cruz] is a far more frightening candidate than unpredictable, truth-averse, race-baiting vulgarian Donald Trump." The problem is Trump has won over social media, making people overlook some of Cruz' views.
He is more conservative than Trump on individual rights, domestic, economic, defense and international issues. In fact he is the most deep-right candidate to have a strong support in modern US presidential races.
He has been a strong fighter against Obamacare and government spending. In an interview he openly said “the scientific evidence doesn’t support global warming”. Furthermore, David Barton, a Christian nationalist who's considered as a theocratic guru and is one of the most influential evangelicals is head of Cruz fundraising, Keep the Promise.
Opinions are divided on which candidates the Republican leaders will support. Political analyst and former secretary of labour Robert Reich stated “Both men would be disasters for America, but Ted Cruz would be the larger disaster”.
Robert Kagan another analyst and former advisor of Mitt Romney said Cruz would be a better option, “Trump is a throwback to the 1920s and 1930s view that the world can go to hell and it's not our problem.”
Even former candidates are divided, Lindsey Graham decided to support Cruz in an effort to stop the other candidate from winning, whereas Ben Carson backed Trump's campaign.
According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, Trump presidency would be a global threat. But whereas he wins the GOP presidential nomination or Cruz suddenly won over the support, Hilary Clinton, the expected democrat's candidate is most likely to beat the Republican's candidate in November.
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