Ted Cruz Just Announced Something Major About Trump’s Support System: ‘The Establishment Is…’

By Rosie Gray. Ted Cruz dismissed Iowa governor Terry Branstad’s opposition to his campaign on Tuesday, implying that Branstad is part of the same “cronyism” establishment as Donald Trump.

“It is not a surprise that the establishment is in full panic mode,” Cruz told BuzzFeed News in an interview on his campaign bus. “We predicted from the very beginning that the Washington cartel would fire every tool in its arsenal to prevent a conservative victory in this primary.”

“The cartel exists to make deals and to pick winners and losers through cronyism and corporate welfare,” Cruz told BuzzFeed News. “And so it’s no surprise that more and more of the establishment is beginning to support Donald Trump. Because Donald has promised to make deals and to continue the cronyism and corporate welfare of Washington. That’s what the cartel does. They make deals with Democrats.”


Branstad told reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Tuesday that Cruz “hasn’t supported renewable fuels, and I think it would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him.” Cruz opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard, a government standard requiring transportation fuel to include a certain amount of ethanol, which is a touchstone of Iowa politics.

Branstad confirmed to reporters that he doesn’t want Cruz to win the Iowa caucuses. He had previously said he remain neutral. Branstad, whose son works for a pro-ethanol group, has also said that Donald Trump’s questions about Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency because of his birth in Canada are “fair game.” (Read more from “Ted Cruz Just Announced Something Major About Trump’s Support System: ‘The Establishment Is…'” HERE)

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Bob Dole on Ted Cruz: ‘Nobody Likes Him’

By Josh Hafner. Bob Dole said Wednesday that Ted Cruz at the top of the GOP ticket would mean “wholesale losses” for the party in Washington and across the country.

“I don’t know how he’s going to deal with Congress,” Dole said in an interview with The New York Times. “Nobody likes him.”

Dole, a former Kansas senator, was the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 1996.

Donald Trump would “probably work with Congress,” though, Dole mused, because he’s “kind of a deal maker.”

Dole characterized Cruz as an “extremist” unwilling to work with his own party. The Times’ Maggie Haberman notes that Dole’s comments reflect a larger tension that establishment Republicans feel with Cruz, who portrays himself on the campaign trail as their antithesis. (Read more from “Bob Dole on Ted Cruz: ‘Nobody Likes Him'” HERE)

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  • MikefromNC

    So the RINO’s don’t like Cruz, and they know Trump will make deals with them. Cruz is despised by the republican elites because he stands up to them. He won’t go along to get along. He’s done it time and time again.

    Trump was nowhere to be found during those fights. And now Trump is all for big government ethanol subsidies and government run health care.

    Cruz is the Constitutional, small government conservative.
    Trump is a big government, deal making, progressive.
    There is no doubt about either of those realities.

    So how can any sane, conservative republican voter choose Trump? If Trump is your man, you need never complain about Washington, DC. You will have asked for more of the same, just wearing a different jersey.

    • This is not a dictatorship, you cannot accomplish much without making deals. If you want a strong and powerful America it is not going to be a small government. This is not 1790. Calling Trump a progressive is ridiculous unless you mean a Teddy Roosevelt progressive as opposed to a Barack Obama progressive. There was a time progressive were strongly nationalistic and asserted American interests.

      • MikefromNC

        I could not disagree with you more.
        A big government is NOT what made America great. That wasn’t true in 1790 or in 1970. And it will never be true. The Constitution does not allow a big federal government; it precisely restricts the power of the federal gov’t and bestows all other authority to the STATES.
        If you don’t get that, you don’t get America.
        But if you want a big and powerful federal government, you are backing the right man.

        • The Constitution does not specify a “big” or “small” federal government. It defines powers using broad terms because the framers were wise enough to realize they were not God handling down the Ten Commandments to Moses. Clearly, the federal government has power to regulate international and interstate commerce, to maintain and use a military force to defend the country and protect its interests and to control immigration into this country.

          Trump has solid and correct views on all 3 of those subjects.

          • MikefromNC

            You must have more than a third grade understanding of the Constitution if you want to debate it.
            The interstate commerce clause originally meant interstate shipping. Period. If some good or service didn’t cross state lines, the federal government was never intended to have a role in it. So if GM makes 100,000 cars per month in a factory in Michigan, it is none of the fed’s business. None. Until one of those cars is shipped across state lines, there is no constitutional role for the feds. Instead, they are involved in almost every aspect of every business.
            The relationship between America and other nations is determined by treaties and trade agreements. Those have exactly zero bearing on trade between Americans.
            So yes, the Constitution does not use the words big or small. But it clearly and specifically limits the authority of the federal government. if you don’t realize that the feds have FAR exceeded their constitutional authority, you are blind.

          • LOL. Well considering I have a law degree from a top ten law school and have been an attorney for 30 years, I would say I have a pretty good understanding. You are trying to argue things that were settled by the Supreme Court many decades (centuries) ago. If GM makes 100,000 cars in Michigan and is going to sell them to residents of other states or they are going to be used in other states, that has long held to implicate the interstate commerce clause. You might be thinking of the Articles of Confederation.

            The federal government clearly has the right to impose tariffs and regulate international trade.

            If you have an example of where the federal government has clearly exceeded their constitutional authority, and it has not been repudiated by the Supreme Court, please state it. One can argue the wisdom of many actions of the federal government but that is not the same as saying it is unconstitutional.

          • MikefromNC

            With respect, a law degree, regardless of the institution, is no indication of constitutional literacy.
            And you make my point. Things “settled by the Supreme Court” are not the same as things written in the Constitution by the Founders.
            You say the cars made by GM are “going to be used in other states” or “GM is “going to sell them to residents of other states”. How, pray tell, does one know in advance which cars will stay in Michigan and which ones will not? Hence the Founders original intent – Interstate shipping ONLY.
            Granted, SCOTUS has bastardized that meaning, but that doesn’t change the intent. Under the Constitution, the federal government has no authority to regulate commerce other than interstate commerce.
            So tell me where the Constitution (not SCOTUS) authorizes the EPA and it’s myriad of regulations.

          • I’m not going to debate constitutional law or well-settled Supreme Court rulings because it is pointless. One of the things that allowed Obama to be elected was the obsession by “conservatives” with perfection in an electable candidate that will never be achieved.

            Seriously, you may feel the EPA and other federal agencies overreach at times, but no one who is old enough to remember the horrible conditions that plagued many cities (even in the 1970s) wants to abolish the EPA. Some problems, like environmental pollution are national problems and have to be solved on the national level. I remember the frequent smog alerts growing up near Los Angeles.

            I doubt even Cruz or Trump is prepared to eliminate the EPA (nor was Reagan) and the Supreme Court is not likely to overturn its precedents either in that regard. Anyone running on that type of platform would be lucky to get 5% of the vote.

            This country is fighting to maintain its culture (there’s a code word that would drive the leftists crazy) and its standard of living for most Americans and you are worried about the EPA? I would prefer not to live in a third world nation and that means control of our borders, control over our trade balance, but yes it also means some kind of control over pollution that it takes an EPA to implement. Lots of third world countries have no EPA type agency and very unhealthy living conditions.

          • deanbob

            Not abolish them (EPA), just make them more directly accountable to ‘We The People’ via our representatives.

          • Fine with me. But I want the EPA to keep our skies clean and waters pure as much as practicable. And I am part of We the People. But the People elect a Congress and President and the latter sets policy for the EPA while the former funds it.

            That’s the way the system already works. Sometimes it works toward an outcome you like and sometimes it work toward an outcome some other part of We the People likes.

          • deanbob

            Is SCOTUS infallible? What about the Dred Scott decision? What of the Interstate Commerce decision against the wheat farmer growing wheat for his own consumption?

          • Stacie Stevens Markham

            Having a law degree certainly doesn’t guarantee an understanding of the constitution. Look at all the law makers in D.C. as proof.

          • deanbob

            The 10th amendment was meant to keep the federal government from growing too large and usurping the power of the people and the states.

            If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
            – Samuel Adams

            I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
            -Thomas Jefferson

            I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
            – Thomas Jefferson

      • CaptTurbo

        Not a dictatorship? Where the hell have you been for the last seven years?

        • I meant under Trump it would not be one, but no it is not a dictatorship either. LOL. Rhetoric on the right can be just as loony as rhetoric on the left. Now if you said Obama was allied with the Muslim Brotherhood….

      • wandamurline

        Yes, but that was before the communists infiltrated the Democrats….now the Demorats are running a Criminal and a Communist for president.

      • reggiec

        Fondling hands

        Bipartisan
        agreement… that is when the Democrats and RINOs (Read the GOP establishment
        elite) agree to slightly remove their fondling right hands from each other’s
        front pants pockets, under the table, so they can reach further with their left
        hands to lie to, control, fleece and screw the American public with bigger
        government and more control over everything we do. Meanwhile the lame stream
        media throws a blanket over their laps to hide all the hand jive.

        Then if anyone (read Ted Cruz) tries to pull away the
        blanket they are attacked unmercifully.

        ****
        At some point the American people are going to have to decide if they want to stop and then reverse this countries slide into total socialism or just elect leaders that will allow it to happen slow enough so the frog can be boiled in the pot.

        • The American people are quite happy with their mild form of socialism. It’s not going anywhere but neither is capitalism. However, the American people will eventually reject any form of political or economic theory if it fails miserably. Right now Capitalism is not doing much for a lot of Americans and I think Trump would like to reverse that situation and bolster capitalism.

          You sound more like a Ron Paul (not Rand) libertarian, which is an unelectable group.

          • reggiec

            The ultimate problem with “moderate” Socialism is that it usually progresses into not so moderate Socialism/Communism.

            The less “moderate ” it becomes the more restrictive it becomes in order to force the people to comply.

            Winston Churchill:

            “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of
            misery…”
            ******

            In order to promote Socialism successfully without a resort
            to the violent subjugation of the natural human desire to succeed and thrive;
            proponents of Socialism must minimize that natural desire and create a society
            that does not cherish individuality and independent thought. They have been
            working toward that goal for generations. The major weapon used to achieve that
            goal has been education. If the proponents of Socialism can influence our youth
            and convince them that their ideology is supreme in the absence of any opposing
            ideology; they have gone a long way in attaining their goal.

          • Except England has plenty of socialism and I don’t see Americans willing to scrap social security or medicare. All these philosophical debates are fascinating but ultimately pointless. No one, including Trump, is going to turn America into a fascist state despite the rantings of the left, but no one is going to dismantle the federal government and eliminate entirely all social welfare programs, national education, etc. either.

            Guess what. We are not going back to feudalism either.

      • C T Vivian

        Mr. tOP tEN Schmuck, Pray tell us what is small government?

        Friend of yours Joe?

      • deanbob

        The founders created the checks and balances to limit growth to only the truly necessary and said so time and time again. That is why they create TWO chambers in the congress – 1 to represent the people and 1 to represent the states. It is why the constitution designates congress to make the laws and the president to sign and enforce the laws; and why SCOTUS is to interpret the constitutionality of the law. I have heard they no longer teach the constitution in law school. How much of it was covered when you were in law school (no right or wrong answer; just curious).

        • Constitutional Law was a required course and often law student took 2 or 3 courses. It is still the same. Professors fell into various categories, legal realists, activists, strict constructionists but these principles are seldom applied uniformly. Meaning decisions are based on the results.

          Many of the decisions of the current Supreme Court, whether considered liberal or conservative, really are either pro-business or pro-consumer.

      • Stacie Stevens Markham

        Comments like this are proof that we’ve lost our way. Ted Cruz was not elected to the senate to make friends. Since when is it wrong to actually do what you promised your constituents you would do? Having morals is no longer a virtue in this country. Amazing. And we can already see the danger that is Donald J. Trump.

    • KDC

      Hey, MikefronNC, Cruz is the GOP’s best trick to get people like you against Trump. Trump is not bought or controlled by them. Cruz is! I have also come across posts where Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi Cruz is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and helped write the Manual on how to merge America into a North American Union. One of the things they planned to do was mass immigration that created illegal immigration problems and would lead to a borderless America. That is in their manual. Again, Ted’s wife Heidi helped write this manual. Heidi is also on leave from Goldman Sachs in order to help her husband Ted in his campaign.

      I also learned that Carly Fiorina Foundation was heavily donating to planned parenthood to the Ayco Foundation which is a subsidiary of GOLDMAN SACHS, which controls the Fiorina

      Foundation. Heidi Cruz is currently the head of the SW region in the Investment Management Div. of Goldman Sachs and company and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were many others – as rumor has it so. Coupled with the issue a few weeks back with Ted ‘s plea to people for funds that could of been given to Carly in the order of campaign funding help, it is just odd to me that he would do that? After all he is a GOP candidate running against Carly. More or less my gut feeling tells me there may be a hidden agenda here.
      Up till two weeks ago, I supported Cruz. Not any more. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
      This is a huge red flag and my gut tells me that both candidates need to vacate. It smells like the GOP establishment at work.

      • MikefromNC

        Sorry, KDC, but I’m not the one being tricked. The GOP isn;t the reason i don’t support Trump. His own long and very public record is the reason I don’t support him, and no conservative, constitutional American should either,

        As far as Heidi Cruz is concerned, you are spreading a lie. She is NOT a member of the CFR. She did serve a term on a task force with the CFR and did work on economic issues related to the “North American Union”. She wrote the DISSENTING argument saying that the free market should determine economic issues, not governments, That temporary term expired in 2011. So in essence, she is the exact opposite of what you describe.

        Ted Cruz has referred publicly to the CFR as a “pernicious den of snakes”. Ted Cruz is no wolf in sheep’s clothing. His record is very open and consistently conservative.
        trump’s record is consistently in favor of big government progressivism.

        Quit trusting your gut and use your brain, supported by your eyes and ears. You are being had.

      • This is a good example of the wacko thinking that will doom us to Hillary or even Bernie. CFR is a think tank, it is not part of some vast conspiracy for one world government. All politicians are “controlled” to some extent because they have to have support of voters. But that’s to get elected. Voters have to guess/hope that the elected candidate will try to do what he said he would try to do.

        Think tanks have lots of intellectuals and throw around all sorts of ideas. I am sure there are think tanks that are thinking about what a United Federation of Planets would be like just as their are think tanks postulating about returning the US to 1789.

        The point is the right needs to stop spouting crazy talk and yes it is just as crazy as the Daily Kos.

  • patricia lockwood

    Cruz, you are a cry baby. Face it, the people are damn sick and tired of both parties being so corrupt and Trump knows it . Also , he is own man, not like the rest of whimps .

    • usncb

      That statement is pure BS

    • reggiec

      Trump; who is he?

      1. Trump presided over two fund raisers for Charlie
      Christ in 2009.

      2. Gave $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel’s Mayoral campaign.

      3. Praised Miley Cyrus’s just short of porn MTV
      Video Music Award performance.

      4. Brags about donating to politicians to get what he
      wants.

      5. Actually referred to Obama as a champion for
      Obama’s rise to prominence.

      The most disturbing to me is #4. If he brags about abusing
      the system from one side what would prevent him from abusing it from the other?

      #5 is also disturbing because he refers to Obama as a
      champion for his rise to power that was accomplished by outright lies, obfuscation of his history, questionable campaign tactics, and possibly massive voter fraud. Does this indicate that Trump approves of those actions?

      • Paul

        As a business person, Trump played all political fronts to make his business successful. I’ll even go as far as say he probably bribed a few politicians along the way. That is the way you do business with government. I don’t blame or hold it against him; I blame the government for their lack of morality and honor. Both parties do it all the time. The Democrats, as an example, filters tax payer’s money to the Unions and in return, they get contribution. The Republicans do it in a similar fashion. That is how they rob the people. If we did the same we’d be in jail. Since they are the government, they are above the laws.
        Trump as a president knows how the game is played. At least we the people have a little hope (very little) he’ll bash them and expose them for what they are. The other option is to allow the political crap to continue. We have to choose the least crap.
        Yes, I will vote for Trump just to irritate ALL political parties and send a clear message that we are sick of them and their self serving ways.

        • reggiec

          Who ever is elected president in 2016 will probably have the opportunity to appoint three justices to the Supreme Court.

          He has stated his older sister would make a fine Supreme Court Justice. You know the pro-partial birth abortion ruling judge on the 3rd circuit Court of Appeals.

          Is that the kind of Justices you would like just to poke a finger in some politicians eyes?

          Too many people do not realize for how long a president’s term can affect the nation. I do not trust Trump to appoint judges that will follow the Constitution. He is now talking the Conservative talk but he never walked the walk until recently.

        • Feathers

          The Republican Establishment THANKS you.

    • MikefromNC

      If you want a big government progressive – Trump is for you. Nothing about Trump has ever been conservative adn he doesn’t get the restrictions of the Constitution (just like Obama), if that matters to you. I’m guessing it doesn’t, since you’ve already exposed your ignorance regarding Cruz.

    • Feathers

      hahaha…. Trump owes BILLIONS to the banking cartel. He’s been buying and bedding politicians for decades. Tell me again whose the problem?

  • usncb

    DUMP TRUMP HE IS NOT PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL !!!!!! He is a republican Obama and all you baffoons that think Trump is a better god then Obama are going to get it right in the rectum. Check out Obama’s political platform in 2008 & 2012, then listen to Trump. Different words but the end result will be the same. Use your Effin’ brain. Trump is a blow hard and mostly he is tearing down or demeaning the competition because he can’t put forth a fair fight. So he tries to make his competition look bad in any way he can and the people eat it up. Just like eating all of Obama’s BS.

    • deanbob

      “Donald Trump said just yesterday that the problem with me is that I wouldn’t go to Washington to make a deal and go along to get along with the Democrats,” Cruz said. “If you’re looking for someone who’s a dealmaker, who’ll capitulate even more to the Democrats who’ll give in to Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi, then perhaps Donald Trump is your man.”

    • Paul

      Aren’t they ALL losers and thieves? The people have to decide and elect the least of the loser. Everyone trashes the other guy/gal but no real answers to who is the Regan of our time. I will support Trump if for no other reason but to retaliate against all politicians and this government. We’ve tried everything else and we still end up with political thieves; Trump gives us a little (very little) hope something good could come out of it.

  • reggiec

    Fondling hands

    Bipartisan agreement… that is when the Democrats and RINOs (Read the GOP establishment elite) agree to slightly remove their fondling right hands from each other’s front pants pockets, under the table, so they can reach further with their left hands to lie to, control, fleece and screw the American public with bigger government and more control over everything we do. Meanwhile the lame stream
    media throws a blanket over their laps to hide all the hand jive.

    Then if anyone (read Ted Cruz) tries to pull away the
    blanket they are attacked unmercifully.

    • Linda

      For the most part, the gods of power & money are controlling Washington D.C.

  • bbb

    If anyone bothered to read Danesh D’Souza’s book STEALING AMERICA they would see the truth about politics in the highest levels of government in the USA. The thug gangs and crime mobs are in charge. They are ruthless and they have already stolen most of America’s money, now they want our freedom. The Democrat party is no more than a mob front. The Republicans are not only terrified they have crawled like dogs to lick the master’s hand and they are underling coolies to crime bosses willingly because they are all much richer today than 7 years ago while the vast majority of Americans are worse off. Did you buy into the scams of race, injustice, inequality? What suckers! Cruz is right because he has seen the betrayals first hand and he has suffered at the hands of people like Dole, McCain, Boehner, McConnell and others who have quietly joined the Democrat mob. 2016 is the year to fire these scumbags. It’s the last chance America has to avoid becoming like Mexico – wealthy run everything, peons try to duck the bullets, gangs are becoming the wealthy and serve the bloody god of self.

    • Linda

      Amen !!

  • Linda

    Cruz is the most honest person running for the GOP nomination. He will certainly get my vote. Bush is for Common Core , which is BAD for the kids. For Atty General, Trey Gowdy is the man for the job ! He would put hitlery in an orange jumpsuit .

  • Paul

    Cruz, I like you buddy, but give it up and stick to the issues and solutions. The more you attack Trump the more you’ll lose and the stronger he gets. I’d have a lot more respect for you if you attack government in general other than individuals. Our government is the enemy and not Trump.

    • Feathers

      lmao.. Cruz “attacks” Trump??? What rock have you been hiding under? Policy disagreements are not attacks. 5th grade name-calling and twitter-bashing NON issues? Who does that? Your guy, not mine

  • klgrube

    Nobody likes Ted Cruz? I do. I’m not “nobody.” I am a California voter and I only registered Republican in order to vote for Ted Cruz. To be unequivocally clear, I will never vote for Donald Trump under any circumstances.

  • Sandra Stanislav

    i love this. trump says anything and people who are able to voice their opinions to us, we the people, who say that they are conservative Christians would support someone who just says anything even things that they don’t believe in and yet they will support them??? great they gripe on the tpa where the day of the vote CRUZ says no and these two are blasting Cruz with every breath while giving drump a pass?? they give him a pass who supports full term abortion who supports illegal amnesty, he supports stealing American’s property for build a parking garage, he is owned by all of the loans that he has (remember trump himself said this ) and whether you two like this or not you are wrong on this there is an actual supreme court case that has settled this you two are just trump pushers and this is the first and last time i listen to you.

  • Roanldus Magnus

    Tried the same with Reagan and he kicked their ass. Go Ted ’16!

  • CaptTurbo

    Hmm, all the more reason to support Cruz right?

  • Mobties

    Correction Senator Dole, I like Ted Cruz and so do millions of other voters. What we don’t like is another RINO selected to lose to the Democrat Party candidate ….. someone like you.

  • Bill Meeker

    I like every position TC holds on every issue and I contributed several times to help get him elected to the senate. As a constituent here in Texas I have since asked for his assistance in dealing with corrupt officials in the Fish and Wildlife Service who were destroying my business. TC blew me off, then a year late sent me an email stating he was glad to have assisted me with my problem; please send a contribution. No thanks. He’s a good guy and a real conservative but he can’t even manage the on goings in his office let alone run the country. I won’t vote for him again, even for the senate.

  • wandamurline

    The only reason the RINOS are behind Trump is because he is leading in the polls….and they have been getting hit by the voters for not standing with someone outside their establishment….make no mistake, they are just trying to CTA and nothing more because they have very little in funds coming to them. If all will remember they even thought to trying to hijack Trump where he could not be in the debates…they have attacked him from all angles, but since they have lost the voters’ confidence, they are trying to re-establish themselves.

  • KDC

    From a fellow patriot…When the Federal Reserve was being created the very people who wanted it were out saying they didn’t. Cruz is the insider. He has the most money from the establishment.
    People have a very short memory. He put up his own bills to double immigration (not including refuges or asylum seekers), and to increase HB-1 visa’s by 500%. He co-wrote article with Paul Ryan pushing TPP. He did a lot to promote TPP. He’s on record saying Sessions is wrong about TPP being bad for America. He and his Goldman Sach/CFR wife are globalist insiders with deep ties to the Bushes.
    Cruz is a globalist insider. He’s their man. Ted wants to be the first prez of the NAU.
    I’m voting for national sovereignty. The hysterics at CFR interlocked NR tells me who the oligarchs don’t own. It wasn’t Cruz on the cover. That cover was the culmination of months of article denouncing Trump.

  • greg stoddard

    The Establishment pushing for Trump? Makes zero sense and is false. Cruz is a better candidate in many respects but how’d Cruz vote on TPA-TPP before flipping?His position on Muslim immigration? I’m with Phyllis Schlafly and Palin and will despite favoring Cruz, vote Trump.

  • Kevin

    Well, exactly who likes Bob Dole??