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Krauthammer Cruz’s Trump Endorsement ‘Business As Usual,’ But Weren’t They Against Business As Usual?

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by stating, “he and Trump were the outsiders, and what was their calling card from the very beginning? We don’t act like the Washington insiders. … Well, it turns out, in the end, that they do what you would expect of any other candidates,” and “This is politics. This is exactly what you’d expect, but it is not how they sold themselves.”

Krauthammer said, [relevant remarks begin around 3:20] “[T]his is about Cruz much more than it is about Trump, and when he [fellow panelist David Catanese] says it makes him a little cynical, I would have to say that that’s an understatement. It should make you very cynical. I love the way that Cruz said, after searching his conscience. whenever a politician says he’s searching his conscience, you can assume it was a quick search of a very small space. Now, I’m not saying anything personal about Cruz, but, remember, he and Trump were the outsiders, and what was their calling card from the very beginning? We don’t act like the Washington insiders. We don’t scratch each other’s back. We speak our conscience, etc. Well, it turns out, in the end, that they do what you would expect of any other candidates, which is why — I mean, I don’t denounce them, or deplore what they’re doing here. This is business as usual, but weren’t they the candidates who were against the business as usual? And I like Trump’s line, his line where he says we fought the battle. he was a tough, brilliant opponent. Well, at the time he was a tough and lying opponent, and now, apparently, he’s a brilliant opponent. This is politics. This is exactly what you’d expect, but it is not how they sold themselves.”

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