Yesterday Ted Cruz decided to confront Trump supporters. While watching a Harvard graduate debate a regular guy one on one I became embarrassed for Ted Cruz! Cruz came at the Trump supporter with his typical talking points. The way talking points work is you simply try to get your message out by making a series of statements and straw man arguments rather than listening.
If Cruz were really interested in understanding Trump supporters he should have asked one simple question. “Why do you support Donald Trump over me?”
My answer would have been simple enough that you would not need a Harvard degree to understand:
Ted, you are truly an uncompromising conservative. Nobody in their right mind would disagree with that. However, that does NOT mean you are the best person to lead this country. You see, we are a nation that seems radically polarized but the vast majority of us are in the middle. Like Obama you have no record of working with others. In order to be a good leader you must understand the people and persuade those who disagree with you. You must have a majority of the people’s representatives in the House and Senate working with you. You must also be willing to compromise, at least a little. You cannot be a spoiled brat and demand that you get everything you want and get it now. Your record is one of no compromise at all. You seem like you would rather bring the country to its knees rather than give a little.
“If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that’s what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.”
I subscribe to Reagan’s idea on compromise and I believe most Americans do as well.
Trump is a negotiator who understands if we get 75 or 80% of what we are asking for it is a win! He always starts from a position of strength so he has room to compromise. He could not have built the business he did without some compromise. Hillary doesn’t get that, Bernie doesn’t get that and neither do you Ted.