In the primary election earlier this year, Sen. Ted Cruz called Republican opponent Donald Trump a “pathological liar.” “Immoral.” A “narcissist.” And a “serial philanderer.”
And even though he had to bow out of that race, accumulating only 559 delegates to Trump’s 1,543, he didn’t lay off The Donald when Cruz gave his address at the Republican National Convention on July 20.
In short, Cruz didn’t endorse Trump in his speech. Even worse, he insinuated that Republican voters could pick another candidate at the polls this November. And he had the audience fooled almost completely throughout his address (which went much longer than expected).
“Don’t stay home in November,” he said to applause near the end of his speech. But the cheers turned to boos when he continued with:
“If you love your country, and love your children as much as I know that you do, 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.”
See it yourself in the video below, and listen to the crowd protest, followed by chants of “endorse Trump!” See how he responds to New York delegates, who were the loudest in protest, in particular:
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Immediately following his address, Cruz’s wife – Heidi Cruz – had to be escorted out of the arena by security after being harassed by Trump supporters, according to CNN.
The RNC should have expected this type of address, please note. CNN reported earlier the same evening that Cruz staff told them not to expect any “full-throated endorsement.”
The bitterness between them began when Trump tweeted comparative photos of the two candidate’s wives. Trump later apologized.
Cruz never ruled out re-entering the race, either.
Featured image clipped from YouTube video posted by NJ.com