At a recent campaign event in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump took a step away from his traditional assaults on Obama, other GOP candidates, and global powers such as China and Mexico to do something entirely out of the ordinary. What he did however, is not deemed out of the ordinary in, say, a repressive dictatorship or a monarchist regime. Trump asked supporters at the rally to, quite literally, pledge their allegiance to him.
“Can I have a pledge, a swearing? Raise your right hand,” he began. “That I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever… will vote on or before [March] the 12th for Donald J Trump for president.”
Such a stunt has been compared to the actions of Adolph Hilter, as a picture has circulated the Web depicting resemblances between the Trump rally in Orlando and a Nazi rally in Third-Reich Germany. These comparisons being made between Trump and Hitler have received significant attention from politicos and pundits, such as Abe Foxman, the former leader of the Anti-Defamation League. Now, fellow GOP candidates are offering their two cents on the matter, using this as an opportunity to quell Trump’s strength and momentum before more key primary elections.
Ted Cruz told a reporter yesterday that voters should absolutely not be coerced into pledging allegiance to a candidate. Cruz argued that Trump’s supporters are behaving “like subjects to a king” and said that he was disturbed by Trump’s Orlando stunt. He furthered by stating that the candidates should be pledging their allegiance to the people, rather than the other way around.
Cruz later tweeted that “no political candidate is going to make America great again. I raise my hand, and I take an oath to you, the people!”
Are you disturbed by Trump having his supporters pledge loyalty to him? Will Cruz’s response help him in upcoming primaries?