The arrest and incarceration of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has shone a spotlight on the divisions within the GOP presidential field. About half of the GOP candidates have come out in support of Davis, while the other half of the field has criticized her for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham have all criticized the Christian county official. While Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio have all expressed their support for Davis and their outrage at the judge who ordered her imprisoned.
However, perhaps the most important contrast to notice is the one between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump because these two candidates are vying for the same voters and solidifying their credibility as the “outsiders” in the race.
Here’s what Ted Cruz had to say:
Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America. I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion. Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office,” he said. “That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith – or be sent to jail.”
So Cruz did pretty well. How did Donald Trump do?
Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Friday that he wished a Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was not jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he added that the Supreme Court has ruled and it is “the law of the land.”
“You have to go with it. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land,” the real estate mogul said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
This obvious division between Cruz and Trump is very important and must be noticed by primary voters. The different responses offered by the two candidates highlight some very important strengths for Cruz and weaknesses for Trump.
Does Trump believe that the Court’s decision was in keeping with the Constitution? Does Trump believe that the Supreme Court can make law? Does Trump believe that the Supreme Court is the “ultimate authority” in our nation?
His response on Morning Joe should be very disconcerting for all Americans, but particularly for conservatives considering giving Trump their vote in 2016.