Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have each moved one step closer to a heads-up no-holds barred 2016 general election clash of the titans to assume the Oval Office and become the 45th president of the United States.
Whether that’s good news for the American people is a matter of vastly swaying opinions, wherever you look.
Last night, Trump and Clinton each won seven of the 11 total states being contested in their respective parties, and in politics, a 63.6 batting percentage is considered a monumental smashing.
Republican adversaries Texas Senator Ted Cruz won Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio took Minnesota.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders claimed his home state, along with Colorado and Oklahoma, but it’s likely too little too late to realistically challenge Clinton.
The GOP and Democratic frontrunners didn’t expend much energy on their various party opponents. But both Trump and Clinton had no problem attacking each other.
“America never stopped being great,” Clinton told supporters in Florida. “Trying to divide America between us and them is wrong … Whether we like it or not, we’re all in this together, my friends.”
Clinton now holds a commanding lead over Sanders, with 1,001 delegates to his 371. Trump is in a similar position by claiming 316 delegates to Cruz’s 226 and Rubio’s 106.
Rather than holding the traditional victory speech after a primary win, Trump decided to hold a press conference in a manner that can only be described as a concerted effort to appear more presidential. By most collective media opinions, it worked.
What perhaps didn’t work as well was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a former 2016 GOP candidate who now supports Trump, shadowing the frontrunner after introducing him. Christie appeared pained and even confused at times standing behind Trump, and the governor’s not-so-good poker face became a trending meme topic on social media.
The Washington Post jested, “Donald J. Trump was prepared to talk about his Super Tuesday wins. Christie was less prepared.”
Regardless, the election is no longer about Christie, and Trump had a spectacular, or should we say, really, really great night.
“We’re going to make America great again, folks,” Trump said. “I watched Hillary’s speech and she’s talking about ‘wages have been poor’ … she’s been there for so long! If she hasn’t straightened it out by now, she’s not going to straighten it out in the next four years.”
He’s attacked the personal appearances of former candidates Carly Fiorina and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, struggled to denounce former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, proposed a temporary ban on all non-citizen Muslims entering the US, engaged in a heated fight with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and says Mexico will pay to build a $10-12 billion border wall.
And yet, Donald Trump’s campaign is surging.
The latest fuel to the Trump antagonist fire is that The New York Times reportedly possesses an off-the-record audiotape of Donald saying that his public stances on immigration, including his wishes to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, isn’t necessarily set in stone.
Cruz called on Trump to release the tape on Tuesday, saying the voters have the right to know if he isn’t being honest. That’s unlikely to happen, and so far, at least, nothing that anyone would have imagined could backfire on the billionaire has anyway.