Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

Cruz bows down to the conquering Trump

“Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump," predicts Omarosa Manigault, whom Trump launched into D-list celebrity through "The Apprentice." "It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

You might think that statement's a little over the top -- I mean, try to imagine the 'splodin' heads among conservatives if a prominent supporter had said something similar about Barack Obama -- but you know what? Omarosa might be right. She's certainly right about Ted Cruz, because two months after ostentatiously refusing to endorse Trump at the GOP convention in Cleveland, Cruz finally bowed down to The Donald this week.

Cruz chose to do the dirty deed not in a statement in front of the TV cameras, but in a sterile Facebook posting. Nonetheless, he did it. He bowed down. And I just don't get it, not personally and not politically. I don't know how you publicly endorse a man who has said the personally cruel, vicious things that Trump has said about Cruz and his family. And I don't know what Cruz thinks he has to gain by doing so. Those who admired Cruz for taking a principled stand are now dismayed by his hypocrisy; those who defended him and stood with him are now abandoned and exposed. And this belated endorsement isn't going to get him much from Trump and his supporters, who aren't exactly the forgiving kind.

And of course, despite the official endorsement, we all know how Cruz really feels, because in the clip above he bared his soul and told us. And every damn thing he says about Trump in that statement is absolutely, tragically true. I still shake my head in bafflement that he is anywhere near the presidency of this country.



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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.