Ted Cruz and Donald Trump fought as bitter rivals for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination.
Cruz is widely expected to run for president in 2024.
And Ted Cruz said six words about Trump that no one ever thought they would hear.
Ted Cruz delivered one of the main speeches on the first day of the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference.
During Cruz’s speech, the Texas Senator attacked the GOP establishment that wanted to “move on” from Donald Trump and go back to the days of the Bush/McCain/Romney version of the Republican Party.
“There are a whole lot of voices in Washington that want to just erase the last four years,” Cruz told the crowd.
Cruz explained that what scared the D.C. establishment were the millions of Americans that Donald Trump activated to challenge the status quo.
The Texas Senator added that despite the elites’ hopes that Donald Trump would fade away, “Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere.”
“They look at Donald J. Trump and they look at the millions and millions of people inspired, who went to battle fighting alongside President Trump and they’re terrified and they want him to go away. Let me tell you this right now: Donald J. Trump ain’t going anywhere,” Cruz declared.
Cruz added that Trump’s mark on the GOP was permanent because in just four short years, Donald Trump remade the Republican Party from the party of the country clubs and the chamber of commerce into a working-class party that grew its support with minority voters to the highest levels in 60 years.
Ted Cruz told the crowd that “the Republican party is not the party just of the country clubs. The Republican party is the party of steelworkers and construction workers and pipeline workers and taxi cab drivers and cops and firefighters and waiters and waitresses and the men and women with calluses on their hands who are working for this country. That is our party and these deplorables are here to stay.”
Some pundits wondered why Cruz—who wants to run for president again—would so willingly cede the fight over the 2024 nomination to Donald Trump.
The answer is simple.
Poll after poll shows Donald Trump is the most popular Republican in the party and that should he run for president in 2024, Trump would be the unquestioned frontrunner for the nomination.
Never Trump founding father Mitt Romney even admitted in an interview with The New York Times’ DealBook Project that if Trump ran for president in 2024, Trump would win the GOP nomination in a landslide.
Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party because the voters want him to be the leader of the party.
Republicans from Ted Cruz to Mitt Romney are facing that reality.
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