Trump Is Presumptive GOP Nominee And It's Not 'A Beautiful Thing To Watch' For Republicans

04/05/2016 8:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes fun of the other presidential candidates while speaking during a campaign rally at the Indiana Theater Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Will the Republican party continue to despair, remain in denial or make peace with the fact that Donald Trump for all purposes is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee? His victory in seven straight state primaries is an indication of his stunning takeover of the presidential race, made all the more remarkable by his absolute lack of prior political experience. Following his decisive victory in Indiana and the decision of Ted Cruz, Texas Senator to drop out of the race there is no serious opposition to block his path to the convention in July (even as John Kasich, way behind, is still slugging it out).

The battle between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump has been nothing short of downright 'gutter politics', including unsavoury references to their respective spouses, an insinuation that Ted Cruz's father had some sort of connection to John F Kennedy's assassination, as well as plenty of name calling (Cruz called Trump ''a pathological liar'' and ''a serial philanderer'' in his latest diatribe).

The battle between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump has been nothing short of downright 'gutter politics'...

Yet, Ted Cruz has had to bow out of the race with: "I don't know what's gonna happen. I know that whoever wins the presidential election is a Democrat then the country is gonna go in the toilet big time. So I guess the only one running for the Republicans...will be ...I mean Trump, so I guess I am for Trump."

Trump's opponent's 'desperation' was evident after the mid-Atlantic win of Trump in all five states that had primaries. Cruz tried everything to pull off a last-ditch win, including the strange move of selecting Carly Fiorina-- allegedly responsible for losses of thousands of jobs in Hewlett and Packard-- as his running mate. He also forged a pact with John Kasich to concede states to each other, but nothing worked.

Cruz's relinquishing his candidacy has shocked the elites within his party who now face the hard truth of accepting an outsider or the fear of backing another candidate at the cost of alienating Trump's voters. The PAC has continued to say that Trump did not show conservative values and was ''unfit'' to fight Hillary Clinton.

Trump's called his historic elevation "a beautiful thing to watch" and drives home the point that he wants to make ''America great again''.

So just how does Trump plan to make America great again? His policies on immigration, national security and terrorists have been anything but statesmanlike.

Trump wants to build walls to keep out Mexicans, ban Muslims from entering the US, kill families of terrorists. He wants to bring back jobs from South Asia (a point made by mocking BPO workers in India) and has a word of advice for countries like Pakistan and China too.

[H]e's called Pakistan a ''semi-unstable'' partner that may need to be curbed with the help of countries like India. He believes China is ''raping'' America on trade.

Just this last week, he's called Pakistan a ''semi-unstable'' partner that may need to be curbed with the help of countries like India. He believes China is ''raping'' America on trade.

So just why is Trump racing ahead? Can he really beat Clinton to the White House? Should the Republicans be worried about his foreign policy gaffes, anti-women tirades and thoughts on issues like abortion? None of these questions have come in the way of the unstoppable Trump. Maybe the incredulity of this can be defined by what President Obama had to say this week:

"The Republican establishment is incredulous that he's their most likely nominee - incredulous, shocking. They say Donald lacks the foreign policy experience to be president. But in fairness, he has spent years meeting with leaders from around the world. Miss Sweden, Miss Argentina, Miss Azerbaijan. And there's one area where Donald's experience could be invaluable. And that's closing Guantanamo. Because Trump knows a thing or two about running waterfront properties into the ground..."

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