Donald Trump is, without a doubt, running the most-fascinating political campaign in modern history. The billionaire who has never before held elected office has captivated political observers of all kinds and has undeniably shifted the political conversation to the right and towards a certain boldness that has long been lacking in Republican politics.
However, while Trump’s disorganized campaign has long maintained that he has the power to unite, his candidacy seems to have the opposite effect. There are now establishment Republicans, true constitutional conservatives and then Trump supporters. The latter group, as a whole, do not seem to deny that Trump’s agenda is strictly conservative or even within the confines of the Constitution; the main support for Trump seems to hinge on a retaliatory response. With conservative values, free-market economics and even just basic cultural commonsense on the ropes, Trump’s boldness has endeared him to a crowd who believes that whether constitutional or not, he might just be the man to kick some butt and take some names.
Though the mainstream media was remarkably unfair to Trump in the beginning of his candidacy, many have become Trump defenders who have made it their goal to sink Ted Cruz whenever possible. One such advocate is Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Hannity has diligently furthered the Trump narrative that Cruz’s organizing within the GOP is somehow a form of “stealing” delegates. While few should like the complicated rules of the RNC, it’s odd that a man like Trump, who has used mastery of the business world to create an empire, is so indignant about a man using the rules to benefit his agenda.
On Tuesday, Hannity asked Cruz about the delegate process and maintained that the process was confusing and insinuated that the process was unfair.
Cruz replied that it has been just the Trump supporters who have been whining about the supposed unfairness of the long-standing process.
Sean Hannity: “Senator, I’m on social media with millions of people. I have 550 radio stations and I have the top-rated cable show in my hour all across the board. And I am telling you that people are telling me that they are finding this whole process confusing…
Ted Cruz: Sean the only people asking this question are the hard-core Donald Trump supporters.
Hannity: Senator, why do you do this every single time… No, you gotta stop. Every time I have you on the air, and I ask a legitimate question, you try to throw this in my face. I’m getting sick of it. I’ve had you on more than any other candidate on radio and TV. So if I ask you, senator, a legitimate question to explain to the audience, why don’t you just answer it?
Cruz: Sean, can I answer your question without being interrupted?
Cruz then explained in detail the process and how he has obtained so many delegates.
On Wednesday, former Fox News host Glenn Beck, an admitted Cruz supporter, defended Cruz and blasted Hannity for erupting at Cruz that way when Cruz was attempting to push-back against the assertion that he is doing something unfair by engaging fully with the complex rules.
When a woman called-in to Beck’s show and indicated that it’s time for Hannity to admit that he’s a Trump advocate, Beck and his co-host Pat Gray played the audio from Hannity’s exchange with Cruz. Gray said, “No, Sean, you’ve got to stop. He’s gotta stop pretending — listen to the tone. … It is obvious he is battling for Trump.”
Beck agreed and pointed-out that Cruz is merely doing what candidates should be doing by courting delegates.
“That’s the way the system is set up and has always been that way,” Beck said. “The delegates have all been voted on by the people. … That’s the way the system works.”
New York zoning laws are also a quagmire of confusion. However, in order to get his job done, Trump has engaged in the complicated process. Building projects around the world is likely a complicated process; I don’t ever recall Trump asserting that it’s unfair for him to have to learn the process.
The RNC rules are complex and don’t always make a lot of sense. However, Trump appears to talk boldly and candidly when he’s winning and whines like a little girl when he gets outplayed.
If Trump supporters have a problem with the process, take it up with the RNC; don’t attack the man who is simply playing the game better than his opponent.