The Kasich campaign called Ted Cruz a liar after Cruz denied the anti-Trump alliance with Kasich he announced to much fanfare just a few days ago. Earlier in the week, Ted Cruz announced that he and John Kasich had allied to defeat Donald Trump in Indiana which is seen as the last place to prevent Trump winning a majority of delegates prior to the convention.
The plan was for Kasich to withdraw from Indiana and urge his supporters to vote Cruz in hopes that the combination would be enough to overcome Trump’s surging momentum. Here’s an excerpt from the statement Cruz issued on April 24th:
To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.
Emphasis ours. You can see the statement on the official Cruz website here.
After Cruz and Kasich made the announcement, Trump shot back calling it collusion. Cruz even responded to questions from the press asking whether his alliance with Kasich were collusion as Trump alleged. This from Politico:
“Listen, I don’t doubt that Donald Trump is going to scream and yell and curse and insult and probably cry and whine some as well. That has been Donald’s pattern,” Cruz said, reacting to Trump’s cries of collusion in a sharply worded statement Monday morning.
And Cruz surrogates were all over the press defending the alliance as a legitimate political stratagem.
But now Cruz wants everyone to believe it never happened. The Cruz campaign probably even has an over-lawyered position paper explaining why the Cruz-Kasich announcement of an alliance never happened. And it wasn’t really an alliance anyway. Heck, they’ll probably try and convince everyone it wasn’t even an announcement.
“Bah! That? Wait, what? That…it wasn’t even notarized.”
” Pashaw! It wasn’t filed in triplicate under the light of a full moon.”
“Alliance? Pffttt! It was just 2 guys talking theoretically, about who knows what?”
“Ummmm…John Kasich? Never heard of him.”
Meanwhile, back in the real world where everyone heard the announcement, Kasich’s chief strategist, John Weaver had this to say:
I can't stand liars.
— John Weaver (@JWGOP) April 28, 2016
And here’s the Kasich campaign announcing their part in the alliance:
NEWS: Kasich campaign will marshal campaign resources to New Mexico and Oregon, allow Cruz to focus on Indiana. pic.twitter.com/auUIUX961O
— Team Kasich (@TeamJohnKasich) April 25, 2016
Ted Cruz Can Save His Reputation
Claiming that the alliance never happened is so blatantly untrue, it’s as if Ted Cruz is trying to remind people that Donald Trump calls him “Lyin’ Ted.” It happened just days ago, was controversial, was widely reported, and Cruz himself talked about it with the press. But now it doesn’t fit the narrative. Most campaigns would just pretend it never happened. That’s politics. Mistakes are made. Move on. But the Cruz campaign actually tells the press it never really happened. It was all just an instance of collective delusion – a dream – I guess. The Cruz campaign has apparently become so entwined in their own press machine that they can’t tell fact from fiction. This is unfortunate.
Senator Cruz has been an able, active standard bearer for the conservative cause in the United States Senate. But his presidential campaign has not performed so well. Yet Senator Cruz believes he is a man of destiny – a man whose time has come and he will not be denied what he believes is rightfully his. This leads him to do and say things that most people, ordinary people, find, shall we say, odd.
From announcing the Kasich alliance/non-alliance to naming a running mate despite having been mathematically eliminated from winning a majority of delegates prior to the convention, the Cruz campaign has taken on an air of desperation. The decision-making is erratic, sacrificing credibility and long-term strategy for perceived short-term advantage but getting neither. With polls showing a Trump surge in Indiana and California the public sense the impending collapse and it’s not pretty.
Senator Cruz would better serve himself and the nation by recognizing that this is not his year and returning to his duties in the Senate. He has served there with distinction and would assume a leading position from which to impact policy. If not, he risks going down the path of bitterness and irrelevance that Al Gore trod after losing the 2000 election and being denied the Presidency he believed was rightly his. Senator Cruz deserves a better future, but he must choose it.