Australian “public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics” Clive Hamilton explained that Donald Trump is the lesser of two evils for the Republican nominee because Donald Trump “has a history of taking liberal stances on a range of issues,” while Ted Cruz “is a hard-line, Tea-Party style, evangelical warrior who would ruthlessly use the power of the presidency to impose his vision on America.”
Hamilton’s revealing article was first published at the Conversation, and was re-printed at econotimes. Hamilton laments that while Cruz has a “record of fanaticism,” Donald Trump is more of a “dealmaker.”
“Trump’s anger may be real, or more likely it’s part of his shtick, but Cruz is fuelled by the same deep rage that gave birth to the Tea Party.”
In other words, Trump is malleable.
As observed at TrevorLoudon.com, Donald Trump was also “the preferred GOP candidate over Ted Cruz by radical left wing figures former President Jimmy Carter (who endorsed Hillary Clinton) and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (who endorsed Bernie Sanders):”
- Jimmy Carter said in part that Trump has “proven already that he is completely malleable,” while Cruz would “aggressively” pursue his “[F]ar Right-wing politics.”
- Robert Reich declared that “Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention, and gaining power. But Cruz has spent much of his life embracing radical right economic and political views.”
It is not surprising that progressive figures consider Donald Trump as the candidate most likely to uphold their massive government structure. Trump has repeatedly praised big government programs, assured that he will not be cutting government “services” and further, pledged to work with the establishment.
Trump also told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “getting along” was the “purpose of what the founders created.” Ted Cruz would certainly beg to differ.