The entire arena waited breathlessly, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas acted like he was fighting the Mexicans at the Alamo.
And Trump had no wall.
Cruz was booed off the stage when he did not endorse Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president.
The closest he came was:
“Please: don’t stay home in November. If you love our country, and love your children as much as I know that you do, vote your conscience.”
The TV pundits said Cruz would lose his evangelical base and give up any chance to ever be president if he endorsed Trump.
Cruz lived up to his reputation of not giving a damn what other politicians and the media think of him.
“Unpleasant,” was the description of Cruz by one commentator. Another commentator said Cruz was given time to endorse Trump and he had misused it. But Matthews then added, “they gave him the time.”
Politico said: “Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in daring and dramatic fashion on Wednesday, telling delegates to ‘vote your conscience” in a 20-minute snub that played out in slow-motion on national television.
‘We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love,” Cruz said. “That is the standard we should expect from everybody.”
It should have been expected at a convention that has been disrupted by other major news events, ranging from murders of police to a speech in which Trump’s wife, Melania, was caught plagiarizing the words of Michelle Obama.
For 24 hours the Trump campaign refused to admit its error, but finally conceded an error was made. To some it appeared they had thrown the native Slovakian speaker under the bus.
The media consensus was that the Trump campaign was not ready for prime time.
The New York Times top story said: “The Republican convention erupted into tumult on Wednesday night as the bitter primary battle between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Trump reignited unexpectedly, crushing hopes that the party could project unity.”
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