Donald Trump had done such an amazing job at making not only America but nearly his entire party HATE him, that the business mogul went through a humiliating struggle to fill seats and get people to speak at the Republican National Convention this week. That’s why it was so baffling when his former rival, Ted Cruz, accepted an invitation to speak at the convention, especially after Trump had spent so much of his campaign attacking Cruz and his family.
On Wednesday night, Cruz sort of redeemed himself when he went on stage at the convention and refused to endorse Trump in his speech, despite having taken a pledge to support whichever candidate was nominated. It was a move that got him booed and criticized by his fellow Republicans, but Cruz is still refusing to back down. On Thursday morning, the Texas Senator defended his convention speech and his right to oppose Trump.
Addressing a furious Trump supporter who confronted Cruz on his choice to withhold an endorsement, Cruz said:
I will tell you, when I stood on that debate stage and they asked every candidate there, ‘If you don’t win, will you support the nominee,’ I raised my hand and I raised my hand enthusiastically with full intention of doing exactly that. And I’ll tell you the day that pledge was abrogated. The day that was abrogated was the day this became personal.
Cruz went on to say that his intention was not to attack Trump, but that he could not support someone who had been so disrespectful during the campaign and stooped to such lows. Cruz added, insulting the other candidates that had flocked to Trump after ending their campaigns:
But I’ll just give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father. That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say, ‘Thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.’
Another Trump supporter yelled at Cruz, “This is politics, you got to get over it!”
Cruz responded and reminded them just how distasteful Trump’s entire campaign had been, and how much the Republican election cycle had become a joke thanks to The Donald’s antics. Cruz said:
No, this is not politics. I will tell the truth. I will not malign, I will not insult, I will tell the truth. This is not a game, this is not politics. Right and wrong matters. We have not abandoned who we are in this country.
Cruz is still a mindless bigot, but it’s refreshing to see a Republican that has decided to stand by his principles, stand up for himself and oppose bullying Trump. We wish we could say the same for Trump’s other former rivals Chris Christie and Ben Carson, who Trump has insulted during and after their presidential campaigns.
You can watch Cruz defend himself below:
Featured image via video screenshot