Tomorrow morning, our time, Americans Republicans in 11 states will go to the polls and cast their votes for the man they want to represent them in the fight for the presidency.

There has been a lot of talk about one particular candidate, whose views are abhorrent and whose personal attacks on his rivals are intensifying. He has a very hardline anti-immigration policy, saying: “If we do not know who you are, and we do not know why you are coming when I am president, you are not getting into the United States of America.” He’s a climate sceptic: “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” He wants religious-based organisations to be exempt from funding birth control. And he recently implied a rival was not fit to lead because he might have pissed his pants and probably had a small penis.

His name is Marco Rubio.

There’s another Republican candidate you might have heard of. He also has a hardline anti-immigration policy, promising to deport undocumented workers and their children, and he wants to build a giant wall all the way along the Mexican border. He doesn’t believe in abortion in any circumstances and wants to shut down Planned Parenthood, which delivers healthcare to millions of American women every year. He wants to unravel President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, which prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons. He opposes not only same-sex marriage, but also same-sex civil unions. And he accused a rival of “business dealings with the mob, with the mafia”.

His name is Ted Cruz.

Donald Trump is not the anomaly for the Republican Party; he’s the status quo, with worse hair and a louder mouth. No matter who wins tomorrow’s primaries, it’s clear who the loser will be.

Peter Fray

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