Ted Cruz gave his speech at the Republican National Convention after winning a number of states, but obviously losing to Trump. Cruz is considered to be a classic Conservative, disliked by the establishment Republicans, but not a Republican populist like Trump. During his speech he was almost booed off the stage for his refusal to endorse Trump. This marks the first time in recent convention history that someone has refused to endorse the candidate at the convention at which they speak.
Cruz’s wife had to be escorted onto the floor, with angry delegates on the floor yelling “Goldman-Sachs” at her. A reference to the fact she is an executive at the investment bank. Similarly, Cruz’s speech became almost ridiculous to listen to with the chants “We Want Trump” growing louder and louder as it became apparent he wouldn’t give an endorsement.
Speech Highlights – Cruz Booed Off Stage – 3 Minutes 30 Seconds
Full Speech: 23 Minutes
Trump responded formally: “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!” – As Cruz’s speech was coming to a close Trump walked out waving to the crowd, making it obvious he had ill feelings towards Cruz. There’s now speculation that regardless of whether Trump wins the presidency Cruz will oppose whoever is president in 2020.
It really wasn’t an exaggeration, it got truly awkward when delegates were screaming “We Want Trump” so loudly that Cruz replied “I appreciate your enthusiasm” at which the Trump children could be seen visibly smiling at a defeated and seemingly pathetic Cruz.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke after Cruz. He immediately came out and said that Cruz must have endorsed Trump because he had said that you should vote for whoever is going to protect the constitution, which obviously is Trump. After the RNC speeches came to a close, Gingrich later appeared on Hannity where he offered the logic that because Cruz was a Princeton fellow that was his way of endorsing Trump… It was all very pathetic. Former Governor and Presidential Contender Chris Christie came out and said as much, calling the speech “awful” and “selfish”.
There were reports that people on the stage on Cruz’s exit called him “shameful” to his face. Twitter has obviously erupted with Cruz being dubbed a “backstabbing rat”. Meanwhile, in the world of political calculation, people are assuming that Cruz tried to channel the energy of Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican Presidential Candidate, who voted against the Civil Rights Act, and lost in a landslide.
Another normal day at an insane convention trying to elect a madman.