Donald Trump fires back after Ted Cruz refuses to endorse him at the Republican convention

July 21, 2016 9:00 am

has responded to Ted Cruz’s stunning snub, described as
“one of the most remarkable speeches at a convention in modern history”.
Cruz threw the entire convention into chaos as he wrapped up his speech, refusing to throw a hard endorsement Trump’s way.
was undeniably the most controversial – and exciting – moment of the
GOP convention so far, the Republican presidential nominee publicly
snubbed by his former rival in front of a crowd of more than 20,000.
Within hours, Trump took to Twitter to claim Cruz’s smackdown was “no big deal”.
“Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge!” Trump tweeted.

“I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!”

was a ballsy move for Texas senator Cruz, who had to know he was likely
to be booed off stage in front of such an overwhelmingly Pro-Trump
And yet, he refused to cave in to the mounting pressure
from the fired up attendees, who began chanting “say his name, say his
name!” as the speech stretched on without endorsement.
The unrest within the stadium grew so loud that the
final five minutes of Cruz’s otherwise well-received address was
drowned out, and all that could be heard was shouts of “Trump!” and “We
want Trump!”
Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, began to be heckled by Trump
supporters, who shouted “Goldman Sachs!” as she is an employee of the
company. She was soon escorted out by security.
Responding to the
upheaval, Mr Cruz simply said to the delegates on the floor: “I
appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegates,” not realising, or
perhaps not caring that the chorus of boos was also coming from the
He then wrapped up his endorsement-less remarks,
smiled calmly and waved as he exited stage left – a stark contrast to
the beginning of his speech, where he received a prolonged standing
ovation as he emerged.
The whole thing was made even more awkward
by the fact the Donald himself stepped out just as it began to sink in
that Cruz was indeed planning to withhold his endorsement.
audience began to turn away from the stage and direct their attention
towards the back of the floor, where Trump had emerged to sit alongside
his family in a VIP area. His only response was a quick thumbs up,
flashed towards the protesting delegates.
While Cruz’s remarks
were a striking rebuke of the presidential nominee, they weren’t
entirely surprising, given this is a man who referred to Trump back in
May as “utterly amoral,” “a pathological liar,” and “a narcissist at a
level I don’t think this country has ever seen”.
With that in
mind, Cruz’s speech could have been far worse. Still, you have to wonder
what possessed Trump’s team and the RNC to allow Cruz to speak on Day
three without the promise of an endorsement.
In fact, the only time Cruz mentioned Trump at all was at the outset of his speech.
congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night,” he
said, possibly misleading the crowd for a moment or two. “And like each
of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in
The stunning political showdown between the two men
inside the Quicken Loans Arena tonight blew open divisions in the
Republican party that it was hoping to mend this week.
It also left convention-goers with no doubt in their mind that Cruz believes Trump will lose in November.

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