This article was updated to include Thursday’s comments and Marco Rubio’s speech.
Sen. Cruz looked to some like he put himself before the country tonight as he told the audience to “vote their conscience” and did not endorse Trump. He was booed more than Mitch McConnell.
When people chanted, We Want Trump, he said he appreciates the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.
He didn’t help himself tonight and might never be a Republican nominee after this. His wife had to be escorted out as the audience yelled, “Goldman Sachs” where she works.
Newt Gingrich turned the Cruz non-endorsement into an endorsement by saying if you want those things outlined by Cruz, Trump is the only one who can do it. He told the crowd they “misunderstood” Senator Cruz’s comments.
“And I just want to point it out to you,” Gingrich said brilliantly, “Ted Cruz said you can vote your conscience for anyone who will uphold the Constitution. 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,’ Gingrich said – earning applause from the crowd for his retooled explanation.”
After his comments, mega-donor Sheldon Adelson turned Senator Cruz away from his suite.
Cruz’s Virginia campaign chairman Richard Black it was “doubtful” he would support him again. “In the end, each individual has a duty to the nation that transcends the duty to yourself, and that’s where I think he failed,” Black said.
On Thursday, Senator Cruz defended his actions and refused to say if he would vote for Trump. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz told a meeting of the Texas delegation in Cleveland.
“I just think it was an awful performance,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a close Trump adviser who was also a presidential rival, told MSNBC.
Christie also called the speech “selfish” in an interview with CNN.
Echoing Donald Trump’s tweet, he said, “He signed a pledge. And it’s his job to keep his word.”
Susan Hutchison, chair of the Washington delegation, said she confronted Cruz after his speech and called him a “traitor to the party.”
Many have said they all retracted it but how do you retract an oath? In May, Trump, Cruz and Kasich all said they would support the candidate and that was after the retraction. What good is an oath like this unless you say upfront, I’m giving this pledge but I might retract it? To quote Michelle Obama and the bible, our word should be our bond.
No one can blame him for how he feels but country first? You decide. Compare with Marco Rubio’s comments and how he handled it.
The fact is that if Trump loses, four years of Hillary will destroy any chances Republicans have of getting into office. Just the fact that she is going to import foreigners and give amnesty to refugees and illegals in the tens of millions should make that clear.
Marco Rubio’s speech: