Megan Hazuga —
The school-wide honorary holiday we know and love as Advisement Day Eve came and went for the 2nd time this school year on March 22; but while many of us were preparing for our personal festivities, tensions were rising on Twitter between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz.
At around 9pm Tuesday night, @realDonaldTrump tweeted a vague accusation directed towards Senator Ted Cruz @tedcruz.
The tweet was in relation to a Facebook advertisement which targeted Mormons, featuring a nude photograph of Donald Trump’s wife Melania. According to sources, the unofficial ad was made by an anti-Trump super PAC ‘Make America Awesome,’ which is not affiliated with Cruz’s campaign.
Cruz fired back at Trump shortly thereafter, stating that the photograph was not of his doing and for Trump to attack Cruz’s wife makes him “more of a coward than I thought”. Trump fired back with just another accusation of Cruz being in denial and insists on referring to him as “Lyin’ Ted.”
As a social-media savvy young adult, I find it very strange to witness a child-like argument that occurred over the internet between two men that could potentially be our next President of the United States.
Besides the twitter-beef between two adult males, the race has remained steady and fairly uneventful since Super Tuesday.
The democratic candidates, former first-lady Senator Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are maintaining a steady distance apart with Clinton holding her lead. But since the last set of primaries in Washingtion, Alaska and Hawaii, Sanders has eaten into that lead after a string of victories. The count currently stands with Clinton having 1,243 pledged delegates and Sanders with 975. Superdelegates are not included in these delegate totals, since they can change their vote at any time and don’t vote until the convention.
Many journalists and media personnel think Sanders should drop out of the race, as his chances of being the top democratic nominee are looking slim. But Sanders and his campaign refuse to back down. Sanders needs to win over 57% of the remaining delegates, and while it’s not impossible, it’s also not extremely likely.
The Republican race has lacked excitement as well, besides Senator Marco Rubio dropping out of the race entirely after suffering a harsh loss to Trump in the Florida primaries—Rubio’s home state. The Cuban Senator never had a solid footing in the race and his chances weren’t very positive from the start, so it wasn’t much of a surprise. Rubio counted his losses and professionally withdrew himself from the race saying, “While we are on the right side this year, we will not be on the winning side.”
Donald Trump currently holds 741 of the Republican delegates, Ted Cruz has 461 and Ohio Governor John Kasich has 145. The race has been fairly steady since the start as Donald Trump continues to gain popularity despite his lack of former experience in politics.
The race to the White House has thus far been an interesting experience to witness and a bit unnerving for a first time voter such as myself. The candidates are all over the place and it’s hard to tell between who’s completely truthful or not. Once again folks, Wisconsin primaries are April 5, and you can register using your school I.D.. Mark your calendars, get off your futons, and go vote!