There has been a lot of strategic voting talk around stopping Donald Trump from reaching the presidential nomination for the Republican Party, even on the left people have been talking about voting for GOP challengers that could beat Trump in a particular state.
While I can understand the whole movement behind “Stop Trump” I think the strategy runs it own risk and a risk I don’t think is worth taking.
In the GOP race for the White House we only have two candidates remaining; Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. If the people trying to stop Trump succeed, the overwhelming likelihood is an outcome of a Ted Cruz candidacy.
So while the goal of stopping Trump may succeed, they could actually be replacing Trump with someone worse.
“Cruz is a true believer,” says former secretary of labor, Robert Reich. “Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention, and gaining power. But Cruz really does detest the federal government, and has spent much of his life embracing radical right economic and political views. When Cruz said “we are facing what I consider to be the epic battle of our generation,” he wasn’t referring to jihadist terrorism but to Obamacare.”
Reich also says that Cruz is “smarter. Trump is no slouch but he hasn’t given any indication of a sharp mind. Cruz is razer-sharp: It’s not just his degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law, along with an impressive record at Harvard, or even his winning arguments before the Supreme Court. For his entire adult life he’s been a fierce debater with an intensely-logical debater’s mind.”
Cruz is also fundamentalist Christian in every sense of the word. He denies evolution, climate change, believes same-sex marriage is an abomination, and he opposes any and all funding for women’s health issues.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Trump would be a disaster for the country and the citizens living in it. Yet, Trump cares about one thing and one thing only – money. Cruz is willing to destroy the country on ideology and religious beliefs, and Trump would be less likely to go down that road because it would destroy his financial future post-presidency.
Neither man is fit to lead this country, but strategically voting to put Ted Cruz in front doesn’t seem like much of a strategy.
I would argue that instead, the left should be rallying to put forward a strong candidate that can defeat either with ease.