Endorsements are meant to increase support, drum up public awareness, and begin the final stages of primary fighting. Strong, important members of political parties oftentimes hold back they’re opinions until all the scandals that prop up during the early phases of campaigning is over. They wait, watching the candidates before deciding which one is the one for them. A pinpointed, rather mundane process, really. The idea is simple: don’t pick the wrong candidate. Endorsing the wrong candidate is chaos. If they mess up, if they fail, you’re on record for supporting them. This is why so many smart politicians hold back, even opting to not endorse any candidate if nobody looks stable enough.
“Are you ready for the leader to make America great again? Are you ready to stump for Trump? I’m here to support the next president of the United States, Donald Trump.” — Sarah PalinThen there’s Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, two of the craziest (and most worthless) members of American politics. They waited, but for what? As the late stages of the primaries make themselves very well heard in the GOP conventions, they both announced support for their individual candidates. Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential nominee under John McCain, announced her support for Donald Trump. Glenn Beck, the Donald Trump of failed news media, announced his support for…Ted Cruz.
Any smart candidate would attempt to distance themselves from specific endorsements. For example, when former leaders of the KKK announced their love for Trump, he did a fairly good job at avoiding them. It’s a smile and wave game, and if an endorsement gets in the way of smiles and waves, then it’s all over for them. So, why would Ted Cruz and Donald Trump actually accept and welcome these batshit crazy endorsements?
Yeah, yeah. I get what you’re saying. These two guys are perhaps the highest in the polls, why are they desperate? Both Cruz and Trump are really unpopular when it comes to a general election standpoint. Sure, they’re able to dominate the fractured, scattered remnants of the ruined GOP, but the only reason they’re even able to is because of Tea Party support. The Tea Party, a US political party that emerged from a movement of conservatives protesting the federal government in 2009, is a terrible offspring of radical Republicanism. That’s why we’re seeing such a major shift.
Ben Carson repeatedly tells the public he’s Christian to get the evangelical vote. Donald Trump literally spews nonsense, radical ideas to gain media attention — with $30 million of free advertising coming from Fox News. Ted Cruz raffles shotguns and dresses in black-face to make Duck Dynasty like him. But without support of the far, far right? Without pandering to the lovechild of Insanity and Conservatism? You don’t have a chance.
And who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives after spewing her own nonsense for years? Sarah Palin. Who’s preaching the end times and has supported Tea Party movements (such as the 9-12 Project and the Restoring Honor Rally)? Glenn Beck. Side Note: Glenn Beck is probably a terrible way to further support in the Tea Party when he’s openly fighting factions of it. Then again, Ted Cruz is already a hit with Tea Party activists who hate the federal government — he keeps trying to shut it down.
While Hillary Clinton takes the endorsement of Katy Perry and Bernie Sanders rakes in voices such as Killer Mike and Cornell West, we see the epitome of stupid taking place in the General Election or Bust Party to the Right. So, good for Palin and Beck. Good for Trump and Cruz. Palin’s messed up everything she’s touched and Beck was too crazy for Fox News.
But guess what?
It’ll get them votes.
Welcome to America.