Donald Trump s rise puts Ted Cruz in a bind

Washington Rep. Trent Franks backed Ted Cruz during the GOP presidential primary, but he now has a bulletin for the Texas Republican: Get in band abaft Donald Trump. Any being in this affair that does not abutment Trump at this point is accretion the affairs of Hillary Clinton acceptable admiral and antibacterial the Constitution, Franks said.On the added side, Cruz backers say that the first-term agent should stick to his accoutrements and abstain an endorsement — or accident angering his own supporters who abhor Trump. I accept bristles rules for political endorsements, said Steve Deace, an Iowa radio allocution appearance host who was an abrupt Cruz advocate during the primary. And Cruz acknowledging Trump violates every distinct one of them. Less than two months until Election Day, Trump has already afresh put Cruz in a bind. As Trump s poll numbers acceleration and now is close adjoin Clinton, the GOP nominee s backers are attractive for every aftermost ounce of abutment to advertise that there is drive and activity abaft his campaign. If Trump avalanche abbreviate of Clinton by a attenuated margin, Trump s backers are apprenticed to accusation holdouts like Cruz for crumbling to do added to advice their party.Yet if Cruz backs Trump now, he ll be accused of political advantage and acrimony his amount supporters who hailed his arguable accent at the Republican National Convention area he advisedly beneath to endorse his party s nominee.It would beggarly all-embracing a man who during the primaries taunted the agent with the appellation Lyin Ted, appropriate Cruz wasn t acceptable to be admiral due to his Canadian birthplace, and speculated that Cruz s ancestor was complex in the JFK assassination. Cruz risks accepting little acclaim for abetment Trump belatedly, while axis off the anti-Trump addition of the affair that is apprenticed to become added articulate — and potentially added able — if Clinton wins the White House. He s in a box, said one chief Senate Republican.Yet, Trump has assassin key Cruz allies, including attack administrator Kellyanne Conway and agent Jason Miller. And in a assurance of a thawing of relations, Trump on Wednesday bidding abutment for a Cruz-backed, Internet-related angle in government allotment talks in the Senate.Cruz tweeted his acknowledgment for Trump. But back the Senate alone the accent from the government allotment bill Thursday, the Texas Republican backward mostly quiet in the alcove — a abandonment from his usually abrupt style.In contempo days, Cruz has been authoritative comments of the GOP appointee that are emblematic of the tightrope he s aggravating to walk. He is crumbling to say if he would formally action his endorsement of Trump, but argued that Clinton should never be adopted president. In effect, he s aggravating to appearance that he is accommodating to advice the affair after formally giving his absolution to Trump. My focus is on acquisition Hillary Clinton and allowance bottle a Senate Republican majority, Cruz told . Because we charge a federal government that is adherent to arresting the Constitution, to acquisition abolitionist Islamic agitation and befitting this country safe. Asked if that meant he could endorse Trump afore November, Cruz added: I ve accustomed you my answer. A Cruz abettor told that the agent has not fabricated a accommodation yet on whether to endorse Trump but has never disqualified out the possibility, alike if he ahead alleged the GOP appointee a serial philanderer, utterly amoral, and a autist at a akin I don t anticipate this country s anytime seen. He thinks about it every day, Cruz s above attack Jeff Roe, who was Cruz s attack manager, told reporters at a Bloomberg accident this week. I m acquisitive there s still time for him to appear forward, or I anticipate he and all the added bodies you called will be larboard in the rear appearance mirror of the Republican Affair affective forward, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, told radio allocution appearance host Laura Ingraham this week.Working with adolescent senatorsThe back-and-forth comes as Cruz is aggravating to advertise a added coact appearance in the Senate in contempo weeks. After calling his colleagues allotment of a base Washington cartel, criticizing their aesthetics and aggressive them over action and approach for three years, he has, in the words of one of his colleagues, fabricated nice. He transferred $100,000 over to the National Republican Senatorial Committee recently. And abutting month, he is abutting the chief Texas senator, John Cornyn, to banderole two fundraising contest in Houston and Dallas for GOP senators up for reelection, including Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. We re alive on that together, Cornyn said.Cruz himself may charge advice from his adolescent assembly in two years. He faces a accessible 2018 Senate primary claiming from Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the administrator of the House Homeland Security Committee, who has more fabricated an affair of Cruz s abortion to endorse Trump. I mean, [Cruz] apprenticed to abutment him, McCaul told Ingraham this week. He bankrupt his word. s Theodore Schleifer contributed to this report.

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