Krauthammer on Cruz: This Is Politics; Exactly What You'd Expect, But It's Not How They Sold Themselves

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Charles Krauthammer reacts to Sen. Ted Cruz's endorsement of his former primary rival, Republican nominee for president Donald Trump.

Krauthammer said the two marketed themselves as "outsiders" who oppose "Washington insiders," but in the end politics rue the day.

"I love the way that Cruz said after searching his conscience," Krauthammer said Friday night. "Whenever a politician says he is searching his conscience, you can assume it was a quick search of a very small space."

"I don't denounce them or deplore what they're doing here," Krauthammer said in defense of the practice. "This is business as usual, but weren't they the candidates who were against the business as usual?"

"This is politics," the syndicated columnist declared. "This is exactly what you'd expect, but it is not how they sell themselves"

From Friday's broadcast of FOX News Channel's Special Report with host Bret Baier:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This is about Cruz much more than it is about Trump. And when he says it makes him a little cynical, I would have to say that that's an understatement. [It] should make you very cynical.

I love the way that Cruz said after searching his conscience. Whenever a politician says he is searching his conscience, you can assume it was a quick search of a very small space. Now, I'm not saying anything personal about Cruz. But, remember, he and Trump were the outsiders. And what was their calling card from the very beginning? We don't act like the Washington insiders. We don't scratch each other's back. We speak our conscience, etcetera.

Well, it turns out in the end that they do what you would expect of any other candidates which is why -- I mean, I don't denounce them or deplore what they're doing here. This is business as usual, but weren't they the candidates who were against the business as usual? And I like Trump's line. His line where he said, 'We fought the battle and he was a tough and brilliant opponent.' At the time he was a tough and lying opponent. And now, apparently, he is a brilliant opponent. This is politics. This is exactly what you'd expect, but it is not how they sell themselves.

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