Note to Trump supporters: Calling Cruz supporters ‘traitors’ won’t win the election

trump-rightI have noticed a very disturbing trend since Sen. [score]Ted Cruz[/score], R-Texas, suspended his campaign for the White House.  It seems that a number of Trump supporters have decided to intimidate, harass and threaten Cruz supporters for saying they will not vote for Donald Trump.

Some have even gone so far as to call Cruz supporters “traitors.”

Here’s a post that has gotten a considerable amount of discussion at the largest Tea Party group on Facebook — a group that supported Ted Cruz:


Apparently, this person never heard of a little something called “tact.”

It’s true that Trump is the presumptive nominee, having won more primaries than the other candidates.  But he’s not the official nominee.  At least, not yet.

There are still elections to be held along with a convention, which has yet to name a nominee.  And the last time I looked, threats, intimidation and harassment are generally not conducive to winning people over.

There’s also another very disturbing aspect of this post.  Treason, by definition, does not include “refusal to support a particular political candidate.”  At least not yet…

And of course, the traditional punishment for treason is death.

So, I have to ask, does this person want Cruz supporters executed if they do not pledge to vote for Trump?

Reaction to this post was, well, fast and furious.  One person posted this:


Another person wrote: “Treason? Trump is NOT my king! My loyalty is to the U.S., the Constitution and freedom. I am therefore both #NEVERTRUMP and #NEVERHILLARY!

“Besides,” another person added, “Trump says he does not need our support.”  Many others echoed those sentiments.

In a lengthy post addressed to Trump supporters in general, another person, identified as Chris Martineau, a person who, after posting this publicly in the group without any source or citation, complained that it was included in this article, wrote:

Dear Trump supporter for the last 14 months you have insulted me, my friends and my family. You have clogged my posts and comment threads with misspelled hate speech, hashtags and bad grammar,

For fourteen months you have accused me of being a liberal, a Hillary lover, an establishment hack, a phony conservative, and a traitor for supporting Ted Cruz.

You have left threatening, vile messages in my FB message inbox. You have put threats and vile comments about my children and my wife on the family photos I posted.

You have lied about and bad mouthed my candidate. You have attacked and beaten up, and sucker punched people peacefully protesting your rallies.

For the last 14 months – Trump has knowingly lied and falsely attacked the other candidates, women, handicapped people, and minorities. Trump has encouraged violence and meanspiritedness at his rallies and among his followers and you have been happy to disseminate it; colluding with democrats to hijack and corrupt our electoral process and lower the political dialog into the gutter.

Here’s a newsflash: Conservatives are not Ivanna Trump.

You don’t get to verbally abuse us, slap us around, tear out our hair and then turn around and act like everything is OK and we OWE you and your sleazy, scumbag, liberal statist fuehrer, Herr Trump our vote.

Trump hasn’t earned it – and you haven’t earned the right to insist we give it to him.

Trump is a boorish, entitled, constitutionally illiterate liberal windbag and his supporters are thugs.

I have a reality check for for Trump and his thug army:

The democrats who helped you nominate him against the will of the GOP majority are going to stab you in the back in November. So – If Trump can’t win without the votes of the people whose values he does not represent, and who his supporters have spent the last year verbally abusing – then Trump DESERVES to lose to Hillary, you all have another thing coming.

Screw Trump – I’m writing in Cruz. And if Hillary wins then you should have thought of that before acting like a bunch of thugs and extortionists for the last 14 months.

And Hillary thanks you for your unwitting cooperation.

This post seems to encapsulates the feelings many Cruz supporters have.  While those who support Trump are certainly justified in trying to reach out to those who supported Cruz, they need to learn that threats and intimidation are not going to work.

If anything, they will only drive Cruz supporters farther from Trump.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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