Ohhhhhh the Republican Party is mad at Senator Ted Cruz. During the senator’s
Republican Trump National Convention speech on Wednesday night, attendees of the rally booed him loudly and drowned out the end of his address because he refused to endorse the party’s candidate, Donald Trump.
On Thursday morning, Cruz gave his first statement since he pissed off an entire arena of Republicans. Speaking to the Texas delegation at a breakfast, the senator took questions from the crowd and said:
I will tell you, when I stood on that debate stage and they asked every candidate there,’If you don’t win, will you support the nominee?’ I raised my hand and I raised my hand enthusiastically with full intention of doing exactly that. And I’ll tell you the day that pledge was abdicated, the day that was abdicated was the day this became personal. And I said at the time, and I’m not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I’ll just give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.
Cruz continued, “And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say, ‘thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.” You would think that a party who claims to be all about family values would respect his decision, but not so much. When Cruz explained himself at the breakfast, one member of the delegation stood up and told Cruz it was all about “politics” and he should have gotten over it and just endorsed the GOP nominee. This caused Cruz to lose his cool and yell at the man:
No, NO, this is not politics! I will tell the truth. I will not malign. I will not insult. I will not attack. I will tell the truth. This is not a game. It is not politics. Right and wrong matter, we cannot abandon who we are in this country!
Ted Cruz is a horrible politician and we don’t agree with him on 99.9 percent of the things he says or does, but we fully support his refusal not to endorse Trump. Endorsing a man who attacked his family would have meant he was putting his political aspirations before his wife and father. Even if that decision destroys his career (an added bonus for us) at least he can say he did the right thing one time.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 21, 2016
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