After Ted Cruz’s high-profile snub of Donald Trump during last July’s convention, it seemed likely that the Senator from Texas would emerge as the GOP’s chief conservative opponent of Trump as the election kicked into high gear this fall. However, with a lengthy Facebook post yesterday, Cruz surprised the political world, announcing that he would support his erstwhile rival just days before the first presidential debate.
Cruz gave two primary reasons for his apparent change of heart:
I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.
Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.
He went on to describe six key policy areas where he feels Trump represents a significant improvement over Clinton — enough so as to outweigh any qualms he might still have about Trump:
First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights — free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment — the Court hangs in the balance. I have spent my professional career fighting before the Court to defend the Constitution. We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue.