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Cruz is worse than Trump

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has recently committed gaffes big enough that rank-and-file Republicans can finally come out against him ("Charting a course around a Trump nomination," April 3).

Mr. Trump lost the Wisconsin primary, and it is looking increasingly likely that he will not win the nomination before the GOP convention in Cleveland where, so the story goes, Ted Cruz will eventually get enough delegates to win.

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We Democrats should not rejoice, however, because Mr. Cruz is the greater threat.

Mr. Trump doesn't truly believe in anything besides Donald Trump and just says whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear. He is annoying to listen to, but his utter lack of principle and political skill ultimately render him powerless and harmless.

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Meanwhile, the Republican establishment is working hard against him because his certain loss in the general election would brand the party as xenophobic, racist, anti-woman losers for years to come. They will be happy to see him go.

Yet in his Wisconsin victory speech, Mr. Cruz made it clear that he is a True Believer, and the things he believes in are every bit as scary as anything Mr. Trump says. And Mr. Cruz is more cunning. We should not feel relieved if Mr. Trump is dumped.

Bradley Alger, Baltimore

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