A message to Trump, Cruz and their followers

As we say in the South — it’s time for a “Come to Jesus Moment.”

The 2016 Republican presidential race has been one of the most rancorous in recent history. The behavior of the candidates and their followers has been downright repulsive.

There are no clean hands among this bunch. Instead of focusing squarely on the issues at hand — they have chosen to engage in ugly personal attacks.

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I’m especially disappointed in the behavior of those devout followers of both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

For what it’s worth many good-hearted conservatives have been caught in the crossfire between the warring factions.

They have filled our Facebook pages and Twitter feeds with filthy messages. Reasoned and thoughtful conversation has been replaced with hateful rhetoric and insults.

If you praise Trump, the Cruz people attack. If you praise Cruz, the Trump people attack. If you criticize Trump, you’re accused of being a left wing liberal. If you criticize Cruz, you’re accused of being an establishment Republican.

And after months of this kind of horrible behavior — enough is enough. It’s clear that “agree to disagree” no longer works. These days if you don’t agree, you’re the enemy.

And we’re not just taking fire from politicos and conservative talk show hosts. We’re also getting hit by religious leaders – folks I like to call modern-day Pharisees.

They seem to believe that your whereabouts in the afterlife is contingent on who you support in the 2016 presidential race.

I’m not going to name names, but there are a number of well-known conservatives who don’t believe you can be a Christian in good-standing and support Trump.

Opponents of Ted Cruz accused him of cheating God – by dropping a paltry amount in the offering plate.

It’s ugly out there, folks.

You should hear some of the things I’ve heard coming from the mouths of good, church-going ladies. It would make a Methodist blush.

It’s time to knock it off. Enough is enough.

We’re tired of the insults. We’re tired of the tabloid gossip. We really don’t care how big your hands are. We really don’t care if you sweat profusely.

We do care about American sovereignty and securing our borders. We do care about losing American jobs to China and Mexico. We really do care about protecting our families from Islamic radicals.

Perhaps you could stick to those issues instead of unleashing your attack dogs on our Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

It’s way past time to restore civility and decorum to the Republican presidential primary.

So knock it off and stop acting like a bunch of five-year-old Democrats – otherwise we may have to learn how to say, “Madame President.”

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

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