Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and top conservative leaders will rally at the Capitol at 1:00 PM local time on Wednesday, in a show of force against the Iran nuclear deal – underscoring the fact that while President Barack Obama may be able to push the deal through, a majority of Americans and US lawmakers opposes it.
“The message, I think, from many of the speakers will be that this deal funds and arms the Nazi Germany of today,” said Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, which is sponsoring the rally along with the Tea Party Patriots and other organizations.
“We’re going to be urging those [supporters of the deal] to rethink their position and try to make them recognize the future blood of innocent civilians who will be massacred because of this deal will be on their hands,” Klein told The Hill. “Many of us will say it that bluntly.”
“We’re going to try to change minds, because now they have 41 Senate votes, which means they can filibuster this and not even allow a vote,” Klein said. “If he thinks this deal is so wonderful, why is President Obama afraid of a debate?”
Among the other prominent conservatives on hand Wednesday will be former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, TV and radio commentator Glenn Beck, 2016 presidential candidate and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) and radio host Mark Levin. Republican lawmakers including Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Louie Gohmert (Texas) and Mike Pompeo (Kan.) will also appear.
This is a perfect opportunity for Trump to get more substantive on foreign policy,” Ron Bonjean, a GOP consultant, said in an email to The Hill.
“Both Cruz and Trump benefit from being on stage together at the moment,” he added. “Cruz especially benefits because he can become the candidate-in-waiting for conservative voters in case Trump eventually implodes.”
Trump told Politico that he appreciates that Cruz refrains from “sniping” at him, the way other candidates do – and the way other Republicans sniped at Cruz in 2013.
“He has been very supportive, he has not been a sniper like so many of the others have,” Trump said. “And he has been very supportive of the positions I’ve taken, agreed with the wall [on the border] on illegal immigration, he didn’t try to make points by sniping…I always liked him. There’s a very strong mutual respect.”