Political Suicide ?
by Beverley Jane Russell – Op ed contributor Trumpville Report
Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Trump, gets booed by convention. After signing a pledge he would endorse the Republican Nominee whoever it was to be!A man of his word , keeps his word ! U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who failed to win the Republican nomination to Donald Trump, shocked the GOP convention Wednesday night by conspicuously refusing to endorse Trump in his bid against Hillary Clinton for the presidency in November.
The speech was vintage Cruz in many ways – hearkening America back to freedom and the rule of law. But as the speech came to crescendo, the crowd in Cleveland began to realize he would not be endorsing Trump. Instead of saying “vote for Trump,” Cruz called on Republicans to “vote your conscience.” It was a remarkable moment in presidential nominating conventions that emphasize party unity.
HILLARY CLINTON’S campaign seized on Cruz’s speech as well, tweeting: “Vote your conscience” with a link to her website.
Try as he might to appeal to a broad base of conservatives across the country, Ted Cruz is just remarkably unappealing. He uses a booming preacher type approach to his speeches that are reminiscent of televangelists selling miracle water at 3 a.m. or a megapreacher asking for donations so they can purchase another jet. His overwhelming smarmy nature may appeal to some who find comfort in being swindled, but to most, he is reprehensible.
The development followed a rough-and-tumble campaign of charges and counter-charges between Trump and Cruz, who began the race on friendly terms and kind words. It degenerated with Trump calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” and Cruz calling Trump a serial philanderer.
Cruz has said he will run for president in 2020, no matter who wins the election in 2016. So angry were some at the convention, Heidi Cruz had to be escorted out of the hall by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. While GOP goers shouted Goldman Sachs in her direction .
Before the speech, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warned Cruz to keep his word and endorse the winner of the nomination he pledged to do at the beginning of the campaign. And if the Texas senator and former GOP primary rival does not, Christie warned, he will show himself to be “less of a person than he presents himself to be for the American people.” Lyin’ Ted .
“If you want to sign the pledge, adhere to the pledge, and I just think you’re supposed to keep your word,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper during a forum hosted by the group Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security. Christie was referring to the pledge all candidates signed last year vowing to support the eventual nominee. Guess Lyin’ Cruz fits!
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said, a plea that suggested he was about to endorse Trump . Instead, Cruz said: “If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, 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.”
When the boos and chants of “We want Trump” began toward the end of Cruz’s speech, he offered wryly, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.” At that point convention-goers, including delegates, overwhelming boos broke out. As Cruz concluded his speech, cameras cut to Trump arriving in the arena, giving the crowd a thumbs-up.
“In this election, there is only one candidate who will uphold the Constitution. So, to paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the Constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this fall is the Trump/Pence Republican ticket. That way we have a Republican ticket to implement Republican principles in Washington.” said Gingrich .
Republicans were livid with Cruz for declining to endorse. Mississippi state Rep. Becky Currie blasted Cruz, calling him “stupid” after proving that he “apparently only thinks of himself.” “If he came here to really unite the party, he would have stood behind the candidate the people chose,” Currie, who shouted “Trump” with others in the crowd as Cruz finished his speech, said.
Cruz had been largely silent since he returned to the Senate following a brutal primary loss to the real estate mogul in May but was given a prime-time speaking slot despite having not endorsed Trump. But his early comments signaled an imminent endorsement despite reports that it was unlikely.
“Heidi and I are so honored to join you here in Cleveland, where LeBron James just led an incredible comeback victory. And I am convinced America is going to come back, too,” Cruz said at the outset of his remarks, which came directly before those of the nominee’s son, Eric Trump.
“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night,” he said less than two minutes in, sparking raucous applause. “And like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November.”
But he soon shifted his tone, even referencing his failed White House campaign — as well as the campaigns of all the GOP primary candidates — by explaining “why you and millions like you devoted so much time and sacrifice to this campaign. We’re fighting, not for one particular candidate or one campaign, but because each of us wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids … that we did our best for their future and our country.”
Cruz largely focused on his message of America flourishing under the leadership of a true constitutional conservative as he ticked through a number of conservative principles, possibly hinting at another White House run in 2020.
The Texas senator acknowledged the divisiveness that has dominated this campaign cycle, but he declined to take a step toward mending his fractured party that many Republicans had called for.
Cruz has remained one of the GOP’s most prominent holdouts even as other former Trump rivals offered tepid endorsements of the controversial Republican nominee. Cruz, the candidate who was best positioned to deny Trump the nomination, ended his campaign on bitter terms. Before a decisive loss in Indiana’s primary dealt his campaign a final blow, the Texas senator lit into Trump with a fiery, blistering rebuke.
Cruz called the real estate mogul, who branded the Texas firebrand “Lyin’ Ted,” a “pathological liar” and “serial philanderer” after Trump had suggested Cruz’s father was somehow involved in John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
“We stand here tonight a nation divided. Partisan rancor, anger, even hatred are tearing America apart,” Cruz said. “And citizens are furious — rightly furious — at a political establishment that cynically breaks its promises and that ignores the will of the people.”
This after he broke his word to back the nominee! A Cruz supporter said: “I think it was entirely selfish. I think he’s ruined his future. Everybody was right about him. It’s a character thing.” Another attendee described Cruz’s address as a “slap in the face” and “toying with the convention.” Reactions were even harsher behind the scenes. Dana Bash of CNN reports that Cruz entered a donor suite at the arena after the speech, and was told, to his face, that he was a “disgrace.” One man was so angry at Cruz that he had to be “physically restrained,” .
Eric Trump tried valiantly to mollify the crowd with a stirring address, albeit one beset by technical difficulties, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich did his best as well, but almost nothing could overshadow what Cruz had done.
Delegates unhappy as well: ‘He failed the nation’, and committed Political Suicide
The reaction from the floor was also swift and harsh. Richard Black, a delegate from Virginia who chaired Cruz’s campaign, said after Cruz’s speech that it was “doubtful” that he would support him again. “In the end, each individual has a duty to the nation that transcends the duty to themselves,’ Black said. “That’s where he failed… He failed the nation.”
Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who backed Cruz, told CNN he was “disappointed” by Cruz’ speech. On him saying “vote your conscience”, Franks said, “for the people in this room, a vote of conscience is a Trump vote.” It was Political Suicide!
Michigan GOP Rep. Bill Huizenga, a former Marco Rubio supporter, called Cruz’ speech “a mistake.” Huizenga said it was also a mistake for the Trump campaign to give Cruz a coveted prime-time speaking slot without some type of “pre-condition” that he would formally endorse Trump.
Jonathan Barnett, a Republican national committeeman from Arkansas, walked off the floor after Cruz’s speech. “He’s self-centered. It’s all about Ted Cruz. All he did is ruin his political career,” Barnett said. “I think he’s finished.” Barnett said this is not the kind of grace one shows their party’s nominee: “Reagan wouldn’t have done that. He endorsed Ford.” Cruz just committed Political Suicide!
Arizona delegate Bruce Ash expressed a similar sentiment. “Cruz missed his moment. All he had to do was say ‘Trump’ and he used the dog whistle for ‘conscience.’ A very disappointing message,” Ash texted.
Conservative American Patriots know the one and only choice to save America from the Globalization of Hillary Clinton is a Trump / Pence ticket ! Also Americans realize that a mans word is his bond, Ted Cruz broke his word and proves he is correctly named by Mr Trump , Lyin’ Ted Cruz ! He has proven his word stands for NOTHING ! He is simply a liar . His non endorsement of The Peoples Candidate, The Republican Nominee Donald J Trump, will be his demise in the world of politics.
Ted Cruz has committed Political Suicide !
Vote Trump / Pence 2016