Yesterday, The Nightly Show host, Larry Wilmore went a bit conspiracy theorist on us. With tongue firmly implanted in cheek he claimed the republican party might be playing a dangerous game of bait and switch. According to the Wilmore hypothesis, the GOP may have foisted Donald Trump on the American public in order to make Ted Cruz more palatable.
Of course, after listening to Trump's bellicose craziness, Cruz can seem perfectly serene and sane. Well, at least until you hear what he is actually saying.
On Tuesday, right after the horror of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Cruz said, "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." He added that politicians, "...tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear." He finally had this to say, Europeans were, "...seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated radical Muslim neighborhoods."
The Senator, in true Trump fashion, declined to explain how he, as president, would empower local law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods. Obviously he prefers to leave such details to his trusted aides.
You know, guys like the raving Islamophobe Frank Gaffney Jr. He is currently on Cruz's National Security Advisor team. He's also so nuts Ron Reagan could only put up with him for seven months before kicking his ass out of the pentagon. That was long before he wrote a book which rather ham handily suggested Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim.
Today the Washington Post is reporting that, Cruz, after taking flak over his rant, went on Charlie Sykes' radio show and said, "What I called for yesterday and what everyone was reacting to was increased law enforcement, increased military effort, and increased police presence. We need to be using proactive law enforcement and intelligence and national security resources to prevent radicalism."
Then the Senator went off on the saturation bombing riff he's been using to please the volk at his rallies.
So the difference between Trump and Cruz appears to be, Trump wants to keep all Muslim immigrants out of the country while making the ones already here wear some sort of ID badge/tracking device. Cruz, on the other hand, prefers the more subtle method of having battalions of cops and all manner of feds, spy on them relentlessly before kicking in their doors in order to haul them away to God knows where.
It would seem, Larry Wilmore might be on to something.
Meanwhile, after an odious ad about El Donald's wife was aired on the internet by an anti-Trump Super-Pac in Utah, Trump took to twitter, threatening to, "spill the beans," on Cruz's wife, Heidi.
What those beans exactly are remain a mystery. Cruz immediately responded by calling Trump a, "sniveling coward," and in a statement yesterday, Heidi Cruz told the press, "Most of what Donald says has no basis in reality."
Trump came back with a tweet featuring an unflattering photo of Mrs. Cruz next to an airbrushed professional shot of his wife with a tag line which read, "No need to spill the beans. The images are worth a thousand words."
Ah yes, quite presidential.
Those sounds you hear are Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower rolling over in their graves.
Ladies and gentlemen, the bar is most definitely open.
sic vita est