I was one of those former Sarah Palin fans who was so disappointed when she chose to endorse Donald Trump over Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX). While Mr. Trump’s “outsider” cred is a strength, his liberal positions on healthcare, abortion, gun rights, taxes, spending and more should have been a barrier for Mrs. Palin’s endorsement. At least, I thought it would be. However, while I was disappointed with her decision to endorse Trump over Cruz, I was not completely shocked by her actions.
Sadly, she has now shocked me.
In a post to her Facebook account on Wednesday, Palin came out and called Ted Cruz (or his campaign) a liar. Why, you ask? Because the Cruz team took a few comments about Dr. Carson and spread the news among their campaign faithful.
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BREAKING ON CARSON: Campaign tells me he’s NOT changing campaign sched… just leaving Iowa early b/c of storm… to get more clothes. — Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) February 2, 2016
Yes, the Cruz campaign did take this news (which broke Monday evening) and began spreading it among their supporters, and for that Ted Cruz has apologized. But to call this “cheating” or “lying” as the Trump and Carson campaigns have done is simply wrong. The Iowa caucuses are built on the idea that one group of voters may be able to sway another group of voters into changing their minds. The fact that Dr. Carson seems to have decided to stop campaigning in New Hampshire (which votes early next week) and to instead go home and “rest” could have a definite impact on deciding whether or not to vote for him in the Iowa caucuses. It might be “bad form” in the political world, but it is hardly an immoral practice which would call Cruz’s character into question…
Really, the fault for this entire incident lies with the Carson campaign itself. They should not have released this information just minutes before the caucuses began, and they should have been clearer about what they were planning. Instead, they issued a press release that sounded like Dr. Carson had grown weary of the campaign and was indeed considering dropping out of the race if Iowa didn’t go well. Calling Cruz a liar because his campaign repeated the information that was already running on ALL of the major news networks is hardly fair.
But apparently, Sarah Palin disagrees. Because her candidate, Donald Trump, is a super moral and scrupulous dude.
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Thank heavens Donald Trump opened so many eyes to the lies, corruption and total lack of accountability that come so naturally to the permanent political class. And Sen. Ted Cruz was spot on when he once noted that “millions of Americans are asking for accountability and truth.” Which is why it’s so curious – and saddens us – this lack of accountability with the lies of Cruz’s own campaign.
Cruz’s campaign chairman, U.S. Representative Steve King, is lying, and good for Dr. Ben Carson for calling this out. King, who’s previously asked for and received my endorsement, time and resources to support his own election, is still lying about my altruistic support of Mr. Trump, and he’s refused to provide any evidence to the contrary. And, this U.S. Congressman actually lied to his own constituents on behalf of Cruz, regarding a good man, Dr. Carson. He told voters Carson was dropping out of the Presidential race immediately before the Iowa caucus, causing a relative uproar inside the process, so the word would spread and he could rack up more votes for his candidate, Cruz. That’s a dirty trick. Dr. Carson deserved better. The voters deserved better!
Where is the accountability for these political actions? Very sad; typical Washington tactics. THIS is why “the status quo has got to go.”
Our friend Dr. Carson put it so well:
“As Christians, of course we accept people’s apologies, we also have to ask ourselves is this acceptable to us, the American people, or should there be some accountability? There should be some consequences for things. You don’t just say ‘oh, okay, sorry… okay let’s move on.’ The damage was done to me, it wasn’t done to them.”
We’ve had eight years of a reckless President, accountable to no one, pushing this country to the brink. Why would we ever take a risk repeating that? We are never going to turn this country around if we keep electing “more of the same.” Just like conservatives have been preaching in opposition to Obama’s political tactics for years: actions speak louder than words.
The Cruz Campaign’s actions to destroy a good man’s efforts to serve are no different than Obama’s practice of not holding anyone accountable. Typical politics. Typical politicians.
Steve King Refuses to Answer CNN’s Jake Tapper If He Has Any Evidence Trump Bought Palin’s Support
That last link has nothing to do with the Carson imbroglio, it only has to do with Palin being upset that conservatives are questioning her judgment. The first one doesn’t have anything new to add either, since it’s just Dr. Carson saying that Cruz apologized, but he’s still not happy. This primary is turning into a convoluted mess and candidates who should be arguing over issues are busy calling each other’s character into question… which is the last thing that we should be doing. Our best weapon against Hillary Clinton is to call her character and dubious moral decision making into question. But how can we expect to do this if our own candidates’ character has been sullied during the primary?
Mrs. Palin, defend your candidate, but please do it by arguing on the issues and not by dragging other good candidates through the mud.
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