Ted Cruz pulled out all the stops in his bid to win the Republican primary in Indiana: naming Carly Fiorina as his running mate, joining forces with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, securing an endorsement from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and, on Tuesday, denouncing rival Donald Trump as “utterly amoral.”
But Trump’s sweeping victory left the Texan’s last stand in the Hoosier State looking like Custer’s at Little Bighorn. With the win and Cruz’s decision to suspend his campaign, Trump becomes the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — and leaves members of his party with a gut-check moment.
Normally, a party that controls both chambers of Congress, 34 governorships and 31 state legislatures would not be teetering on a precipice. Thanks to Trump, that is precisely where the GOP finds itself.
To say Trump is bad for the Republican Party is like saying a flood is bad for your basement. He stokes white resentment at a time when the party needs to attract minority voters. He demeans women when they, too, are vital to the party’s future. His intolerance turns off Millennials. And he labors under the opinion that his deep infatuation with himself is shared by a majority of voters. His unfavorable rating stands at 65%.
The question now is what Republicans should do.Read the rest of this USA TODAY editorial HERE.
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