I was pretty shocked to read this morning that Cruz has suspended his campaign and that Trump now is for all intensive purposes, the presumptive GOP nominee. Of course Cruz never really had a shot at winning, but now that he is gone, it seems that the GOP are going to unite behind Trump. For them it is win at all costs and for the rest of the world, it is bloody frightening.
New Yorker has this to say about the rise of Trump within the Republican party…
But there are two factors in Trump’s rise that help to account for it: the febrile environment he has been operating in, and the potency of his message.
If Republican voters hadn’t been so disillusioned by their usual leaders, Trump would have remained a fringe candidate. Instead, aided by some prominent right-wing media figures, such as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity, the New York businessman was able to present himself as the heir to the Tea Party revolution, which many activists felt had been quashed or betrayed. He was also able to tap into many Republicans’ anger, some of it tinged with racism, about President Obama and his policies; into broader fears of terrorism and economic decline; and into a general disgust with professional politicians, some of which was brought about by the G.O.P.’s own obstructionism.
Contented countries don’t produce politicians like Trump. For many years now, a majority of Americans have told pollsters that they believe the nation is on the wrong track. A decade and a half marked by foreign wars, terrorist threats, recession, slow growth, political gridlock, culture wars, and (for many voters) declining incomes have further undermined faith in the political system, creating space for insurgent candidates like Trump and Bernie Sanders.
It’s a long, long way to the general election and I am already exhausted.