Recently, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, formerly Trump’s biggest rival in the GOP, announced that he plans to vote for Donald Trump to the surprise of the American people. Nobody expected this to happen, at least not after what he said at the RNC about not endorsing trump, even though he had previously pledged to support the nominee.
With the Monday night debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, many Congressional Republicans did not have necessarily high opinions of Trump’s performance. Cruz, on the other hand, thought good things about Trump and publicly shared them via a Facebook post, using Hillary’s policies that he (and many other republicans) are not supportive of to essentially argue that he’s a better candidate than she is. This seems to be a constant trend, the parties are working hard to insult the other and bring out the negatives in their campaigns, rather than bringing up all of the reasons why they’re the best candidate for the position.
This is not atypical within the campaign. With trump being such an unpopular candidate overall, the Republican Party has mainly gained their support through showing how horrible Hillary is. This shows on a large scale, but I also saw it on a more local level at my school’s Student Organization Night. The College Democrats table had nicely presented pledges to vote for Hillary on their table. The College Republicans table has pledges they wanted people to sign, but rather than being a pledge to vote for Trump, they were a pledge to stop Hillary.
This speaks volumes; how are voters expected to support a candidate that the party institution, whether that be individuals such as Cruz or the students representing the party, itself won’t directly support?