RNC 2016: Ted Cruz draws boos for not endorsing Donald Trump

Delegates show their displeasure with Sen. Ted Cruz for declining to endorse Donald Trump Wednesday night in Cleveland. (Sam Hodgson / The New York Times)

Delegates show their displeasure with Sen. Ted Cruz for declining to endorse Donald Trump Wednesday night in Cleveland. (Sam Hodgson / The New York Times)

CLEVELAND — And you thought — I thought — the window for a revolt at the Republican National Convention had closed.

Ted Cruz stole the show on the third night of the convention here. The Texan, whose primary contest against Donald Trump turned intensely personal before it ended — with, among other things, Trump criticizing the looks of Cruz’s wife and suggesting his father was involved in the JFK assassination — congratulated Trump for winning the nomination early in his speech. But toward the end, he uttered these words:

“And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love your country, 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.”

Now, all of those words except “if you love your country” were in the prepared remarks distributed by the party earlier Wednesday night. That suggests party officials didn’t consider those words too controversial — or were deeply negligent for the second time in three days. But the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena felt differently. As Cruz spoke, boos began to rain down on him the upper level, which was more full than on the first two nights of this convention. By the time Cruz wound up, the boos had grown louder — and they became deafening when he ad-libbed the words, “We will unite the party, we will unite the country …”

The crowd in Cleveland did not buy it. At all.

Almost immediately, two lines of thought began to dominate on social media:

1. Ted Cruz is a principled hero who didn’t bow down to Trump. Never Trump!

2. Ted Cruz is a slimy opportunist trying to begin his candidacy in 2020. Never Cruz!

It’s hard to know which one will win out in the end. Up until the end, Cruz’s speech was well-received and even seemed borderline magnanimous. But it seems very clear that the thin veneer of unity the GOP had tried to brush onto these proceedings won’t fool anyone.

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Jill Pumphrey Cohran
Jill Pumphrey Cohran

He's a career pitician who is trying to pave a path for his future run at the office. He's a sneaky snake. He lies as much as Hillary.

Holly Denise Weiss
Holly Denise Weiss

If I didn't know one single thing else about him he would be a hero.

Shawn Dunlap
Shawn Dunlap

Indeed a Hero!!he stood by his morales and principles. Especially after how Trump insulted his family.

Kyler Post
Kyler Post

Brilliant op-ed by Wingfield in which he fails to actually give an opinion on the matter.

Joan Marchese
Joan Marchese

He is a hero for sticking by his beliefs and his wife

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

The Bushes don't like Trump either, he seems like a name calling thug at times,  very childish.   Can't blame Cruz after being labeled by the bully to kiss his butt.

Sharon Slocum Greer
Sharon Slocum Greer

I am a not a supporter of either Cruz or Trump. I liked he stood for what he believed. He was not a hypocrite and not going to let Trump get away with the disparaging comments about his wife and father.

MarkVV
MarkVV

I find the comments below attacking Cruz grotesque, but also revealing. While Trump’s insults of Cruz’s family were perhaps most personally abhorrent, there was a whole litany of slurs and abuses exchanged between those two candidates. So you are asking Cruz to develop amnesia about that? What you are saying is that even the worst hypocrisy is ok for you if it fits you political aims.

And all those fatuous complaints about Cruz’s word! Let’s remember that the candidates were asked about the support of the nominee at the start of the debates.  So you would consider “your word your bond” regardless of what would happen after such a promise at the beginning? Then I say you are the one who have no spine and no self-respect.

I have as much dislike for Ted Cruz as I have for Donald Trump, but here is at least one issue I agree with Cruz.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV There is some truth to what you are saying, he did say some awful untrue things about Cruz, but this is politics.  He said awful untrue things about Scott Walker, Rubio, Carson, and Perry.  All of them put America ahead of their own feelings. 


If Cruz couldn't let it go, then he should have kept quiet.  The convention was not the time or place to voice his displeasure.  Sabotage of your own team is considered unacceptable behavior.  Cruz has a long political future, there is plenty of time ahead to give Trump his payback. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @MarkVV "This is politics" says it all. Funny, let's see how you will apply that when the Democrats speak.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@RafeHollister @MarkVV He didn't attack the family of those people.  He did attack the family of Jeb and of Cruz.  And as Cruz said, he didn't say anything negative about Trump.  I thought it was a better speech for Trump than anything Trump is capable of doing.

mick jaggard
mick jaggard

Operating on the schoolyard level belongs to the #neverTrump establishment.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@mick jaggard Seriously?  Man, you make the Jaybots look rational.  There is no American politician I ever remember who was more childish and immature than Donald Trump.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

I dont blame Cruz


Frankly if someone had insulted my wife's looks and called my father a murderer I would have had more than just words for that person.


What kind of man endorses and pats on the back another man who calls his wife ugly ?


With Trump at the head the entire Republican party is now operating on a schoolyard level.

Brian Willis
Brian Willis

he is butthurt. a career politician got his little feelings hurt during the campaign. let me call him a waaaaambulance! grow up crus and honor your word!

mick jaggard
mick jaggard

Cruz lost respect from many of his strongest supporters. In my opinion, Cruz is damage goods and he may well have  finished off what small possibility of political future he had before failing to endorse Trump. 


One thing for certain, "his word is not his bond".

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

@mick jaggard Cruz was a dip from day one, with a R by his name.


Trump's word to pay a debt too is worthless as his junk "BONDS"

mick jaggard
mick jaggard

All the bellyaching is sour grapes from people who can't face rejection.




xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@mick jaggard In other words, the idiots who support Trump and go after Cruz's wife because Cruz only said nice things about Trump but didn't kiss his feet.

LaTanya Missy Davenport-Williams
LaTanya Missy Davenport-Williams

Neither! He's just a man that stands by his own convictions and his wife and family first! Trump assaulted him and his wife! He did good! Yeah Ted!!!

JFMcNamara
JFMcNamara

I actually gained a lot of respect for Cruz.  The non-endorsement got the headline, but he basically also said that he wasn't with either the racism, misogyny or Donald Trumps tone.  Saying that you don't think a decent human being shouldn't act like Trump shouldn't be a big deal, but it was in the cesspool of anger and hatred this convention is offering.  I actually thought he sounded reasonable (for a cranky Republican)


Also, what on Earth is Donald thinking?  He called his wife ugly and said his father assassinated JFK. People don't really get over that, and he should have known it would be ugly...



Aside from the outright lies about Hillary, I liked Pence as well.  If they could stop lying or being hateful for even 5 minutes, they might win more voters. The "what difference does it make" line was offensive to anyone with half a brain. They have no respect for the intelligence of mainline Republicans.  I don't think Democrats can get away with lying like that. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@JFMcNamara  I don't think Democrats can get away with lying like that. 


Really, If you like your plan you can keep your plan, I turned over all my work related emails, I did not have sex with that woman, Ms Lewanski, the Iranian deal makes us safer, Mitt Romney did not pay any taxes for the last # years.  I could go on for hours.


Seems like lying is a common trait for Dems.  Wait til next week for a whole lotta new fabrications

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar @JFMcNamara What he said was effectively, we keep our commitments and we expect you to keep yours.  If you don't keep your commitment, you should be aware that we might not keep ours.  Seems fair to me, especially when the world knows we will be the first to show up whether they deserve it or not. 


Too long we have keep our word to protect countries and been unappreciated, disparaged, and disrespected by those same governments.  Yet, when they refuse to do anything to help us, like keeping their commitments to pay their fair share, we step up and make up the difference.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @JFMcNamara Because you think the Iranian deal does not make us safer, you call it a lie? That is pathetic.

Same with the "If you like your plan you can keep it." Was that a lie? NO. It was a promise that could not be kept, therefore a mistake, but you cannot "lie" saying that.

One can find real lies in any political campaign, But compared with the avalanche of lies coming from the Republicans, the Democrats are minor leagers. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@JFMcNamara They couldn't get away with telling our allies we wont defend them if attacked


Can you imagine if Obama had said that ?


They would be holding hearings today

Ron Lewis
Ron Lewis

Orange king didn't like that

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

As a former Cruz supporter, it is hard to watch self immolation on stage.  Like Christie in 2012, people will not forget, nor forgive.  It is fine to have thoughts of 2020 and plan to pick up the pieces if necessary, but you don't get anywhere by sabotaging your own party nominee.  Hard to paint yourself as righteous and honorable to your convictions, when you ignore the pledge of loyalty you were all for, when you thought you were going to win.  Sore, sore loser! 


Maybe he and Kasich  an start a "Self Righteous Party".

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

@RafeHollister If somebody said that about my wife and father or mother and brother, I wouldn't endorse them.  Trump didn't even apologize.  Maybe Cruz is waiting for that.  Its those NY values.  You can't get away with treating people like trash elsewhere.  That doesn't fly in Texas.  Cruz, Fiorina and Bush haven't endorsed Trump.  All were born in Texas.

lvg
lvg

Melanie Trump could not understand the fuss over plagiarizing Michelle's speech because in communist country there is no individual rights to your owns thoughts or speech; 


Don Jr gave a great speech except the the only real substance about his father is that he like to do the impossible. Well I am sure Madoff's son's could have said that too, Ripping off investors who never got a dime while Trump rakes in tens of millions on a casino is I guess doing the impossible or handing out fake diploma for tens of thousands of dollars, Great trait, 
Guiliani has no issue with a Trump being accused of rape along with a convicted pedophile and Christie wants to convict Hillary for evidence and actions the FBI found not to be capable of a charge while Christie's top aid pleads guilty ;
Newt told everyone to duck and cover because the big bad Muslims are coming.No mention of Obama distancing US from Saudis as the   Center of Wahabi/jihad anti infidel i proliferation. No wonder Bill sent this gas bag to the back of the plane.
Pence said he would give plenaty no bid contracts to Halliburton so as to increase the military spending and cut tax cutsVoodoo economics all over again, I forgot deficits don't matter if a GOP President is in office. Stupid me
.When Cruz talked about voting your conscience, the audience booed. Obviously that could not involve voting for Trump to the sheep on the floor.

Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

I would click the like button if you'd add punctuation and paragraph breaks to make it more readable.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@lvg Where in the heck do you get you information, the Hillary fairy tale book for the uninformed?

Shawn Isaacs
Shawn Isaacs

HERO!! I will definitely vote for him, but for now it is Gary Johnson

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

"My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure; it's not your fault."

"Look at those hands, are they small hands? And, [Republican rival Marco Rubio] referred to my hands: 'If they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud"

This man cannot be President.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@Hedley_Lammar Yeah, we ought to vote for the one who said "I turned over all my work related emails", or 
"I never transmitted or received classified information", or the unforced error "I landed under sniper fire".

curt49
curt49

I'm no fan of Ted Cruz (he reminds me too much of Mr Haney on the old Petticoat Junction TV show) but the want to be emperor has no clothes and at least Cruz didn't pretend that he does. Good for him

Margie Hardy
Margie Hardy

Cruz is not a traitor. He has freedom of speech. He doesn't have to get on the crazy hate bus.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Whether you prefer Trump or not, elections matter and he is the party nominee. At the moment, Ted Cruz is irrelevant. He has supporters, sure, but to his point those supporters have choices to make now in this election cycle, and the simple fact is Ted Cruz is no longer one of those choices.

We don't know with any certainty how Donald Trump will conduct himself in office. We do have a crystal clear idea how Hillary will conduct herself. Trump is putting up a pretty good show of outreach to the conservative base. If some of the establishment neocon types who competed with Trump politically balk at supporting the elected party nominee their obstinence rings transparently crass and selfish. I am supremely confident the GOP base and others know what is at stake in this election and will vote accordingly.

Once again, I did NOT vote for Trump in the primary.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@DawgDadII We don't know with any certainty how Donald Trump will conduct himself in office.


Thankfully I dont think we will get the chance.

curt49
curt49

@DawgDadII To hope Trump will act any differently is to kid ourselves. He is what he is. He will also have legal troubles unless he uses the power of his office to stop the lawsuits for swindling millions of dollars at Trump University and those condo owners  he cheated.

lvg
lvg

@curt49 @DawgDadII Not the only lawsuit he has to worry about. There is also one for raping a 13 year old with corroborating witnesses.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@Hedley_Lammar @DawgDadII

We do know how Hillary will conduct herself, and it's more of the same.  More taxing, more regulating, more inequality, more using government to hassle Real Americans.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout @Hedley_Lammar @DawgDadII Real Americans are all members of the Stupid Party who never cheat and pay their fair share of taxes.


Where is Trump's tax returns?

Do they contradict his mandatory financial disclosures or did he lie and commit a crime.


Real Americans could care less.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@DawgDadII

Someone said that electing Hillary would be like playing Russian roulette with six rounds in the cylinder, and electing Trump three.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@lvg @curt49 @DawgDadII Do you mean the one filed in California that was dismissed? Among other questionable errors, it seems that the young person who filed suit listed an abandoned property as her address. Or possibly the one subsequently filed in New York by the same young person? Both of which were published by the site "Winning Democrat" after Trump won the nomination.


Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@DawgDadII We have a very good idea how Trump would conduct himself in office. He has been showing us for years--ducking responsibilities (marriages, bankruptcies, lawsuits on anyone who challenges him), prevaricating, using others, behaving crassly, blustering, bullying, narcisism.