Last night, Ted Cruz made major headlines by refusing to endorse Donald Trump, consequently being booed offstage at the Republican convention.
As soon as he told the audience to “vote their conscience”, the audience knew what was up:
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
All around the convention floor and through the audience, boos could be heard, along with chants of “Endorse Trump”.
Someone captured a moment during that chaotic point in the convention that really says it all:
That scowl on Vanessa Trump’s face, along with the pout-y expression on Trump Jr’s catches the eye immediately. Ivanka may be keeping her cool, but it’s clear Tiffany is fed up with the scene.
And of course, the sinister look on Trump’s face ties it all together.
Cruz’s decision to not endorse Trump has been a huge topic of discussion since Wednesday evening’s speech.
While some anti-Trumpers, even on the left, are giving major credit to Cruz for the demonstration, others would say this was a more politically calculated move than it may at first seem.
Could Cruz been calculating for when this unstable, unthinkable coalition of people the Trump campaign has brought together falls apart?
He may have not been popular in the year of Trump for this move, but in later years, he could be seen as a hero for it.
Earlier in the primary season, progressive former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said Cruz was more dangerous than Donald Trump:
“He’s more disciplined and strategic. Trump is all over the place, often winging it, saying whatever pops into his mind. Cruz hews to a clear script and a carefully crafted strategy. The plays the long game (as he’s shown in Iowa). Cruz’s legal career entailed a sustained use of the courts to achieve conservative ends, and he plots his moves carefully.”
He says later in the article:
“Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy institutions.”
Here’s the video of Cruz refusing the endorsement: