Ted’s Costly Boos Cruz
CBJ — A day after U.S. Senator Ted Cruz refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the party’s convention on Wednesday, he’s still feeling the wrath of angry Trump supporters. Even those who aren’t Trump supporters have lambasted Cruz calling him everything in the book from a turncoat to a disgrace and even a scumbag.
However, the 45-year-old Cruz says he regrets nothing despite many Republican insiders saying that instead of setting the table for a possible leadership run in 2020 he’s quite likely left his political career in tatters. Many of Cruz’s own supporters were disgusted by his actions. Others such as John Kasich and Jeb Bush would also not endorse Trump, but they didn’t show up to the convention and make speeches largely about themselves. The time for that came and went long ago but evidently Cruz didn’t get the memo.
Cruz’s wife, Heidi was immediately whisked off the floor of the Republican National Convention out of concern for her safety following her husband’s speech with a number of hecklers yelling at both her and her embattled spouse.
Cruz, who came in a distant second to Trump in the race for the Republican nomination, stopped short of endorsing Trump in his speech after a bitter and personal campaign and mentioned him only once, drawing boos and repeated chants of “Endorse Trump.”
Near the conclusion of his speech Cruz urged: “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.”
Some critics saw the appeal for people to vote their conscience as a vote of no-confidence in Trump. Republican strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, who is not affiliated with any campaign, tweeted: “‘Vote your conscience’ was the rallying cry of the Never Trump movement. For Cruz to bring that message into #RNC hall was a colossal error.”
“It’s taken me about 30 minutes to calm down and stop shaking with anger,” said Erik Layton, an alternate delegate from California who had shouted: “Go home” at Cruz after his speech. “I just don’t know why Cruz did this. It baffles my mind.”
Trump, 70, a billionaire businessman and former reality TV star who has never been elected to public office, made his entrance to the convention hall near the end of Cruz’s speech, applauding Cruz’s remarks but, by his appearance, drawing attention away from his former rival.
In a tweet after the convention adjourned for the night, Trump wrote that Cruz broke a promise they both had made to endorse the party’s White House choice.
“Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!” Trump wrote.