When Ted Cruz took the stage at the Republican National Convention, he was met with a round of boos when he didn’t endorse Trump, according to ABC News. How people outside the hall perceive Cruz’ non-endorsement speech is another question: It’s very polarized.
Cruz’ wife, Heidi, was escorted from the stage after the booing:
A Time journalist said Trump’s team was behind the boos:
Instead of delivering the standard endorsement of the Republican nominee, the Texas senator “told delegates and voters to ‘vote your conscience’ in November and never specifically said that people should cast their ballots for the Republican nominee,” ABC said, quoting him as saying:
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love our country, and love your children as much as I know 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.”
In the hall, though, Trump, the nominee, had some hand in delegate selection. What was the reaction outside the convention? On social media, some people were praising Cruz for sticking to his principles and not supporting a man they consider to still be a seriously flawed candidate. And in other corners, they were criticizing Cruz, and saying that he had committed “political suicide” by not exhibiting party loyalty.
Cruz, of course, was the runner-up to Trump in a hard-fought Republican primary that saw the Texas senator repeatedly labeled “Lyin’ Ted” by the New York billionaire and reality TV star. The scene at the convention was very heated following Cruz’ speech, said CNN. The network reported that Cruz was insulted by some people in the donor suite level after the speech and that one state party chairman had to be restrained because he was so angry at the Texas senator.
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