Ted Cruz was booed at the Republican National Convention for sticking to his principles and refusing to endorse his party’s candidate for president, Donald Trump.
The crowd was furious. Chris Christie called Cruz “selfish” for refusing to endorse Trump. Donald Trump said he didn’t want Ted Cruz’s endorsement and wouldn’t accept it even if one was offered. The #NeverTrump crowd, traditionally Tea Partiers and more evangelical Christian voters who backed Ted Cruz as the more conservative and religious candidate, found their hero.
Apparently, both Trump and Cruz have had some changes of heart since then.
Cruz offered his endorsement, just 44 days ahead of the November election, on his Facebook page.
‘After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
‘I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.
‘Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.’
The #NeverTrump crowd, however, was quick to turn on their former poster boy.
Ted Cruz sacrificed the honour of his wife. And his father.
To support…Donald Trump. https://t.co/iTB3xqewaS
— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) September 23, 2016
— Pam♜Great☄️of 1812 (@Timpanist) September 23, 2016
— NeverTyranny (@Never_Tyranny) September 23, 2016
— Chris McAllister (@TexasYankee001) September 23, 2016
Just as Ted Cruz was booed onstage at the Republican National Convention when he refused to endorse Trump, he earned the equivalent of a social media boo when he endorsed Donald Trump today. Cruz wrecked the one thing he had going for him as a candidate: He seemed sincere. Completely crazy, but sincerely crazy. He was sincere in his religious beliefs that appealed to many of the far right fundamentalist Christians, he was sincere in his principles of constitutional conservatism even if he doesn’t truly understand what that means, and he never seemed more sincere than when he said that he couldn’t endorse a candidate for president who had attacked his wife and father.
The #NeverTrump crowd may have been Cruz’s last supporters, and Cruz just lost most of them.
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