of Cruz’s speech:

Key lines:

“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.”

“We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect from everybody. And, to those listening, please don’t stay home in November.”  

“If you love our country, and love our children as much as 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.”  

“The case we have to make to the American people, the case each person in this room has to make to the American people is to commit to each of them that we will defend freedom, and be faithful to the Constitution.”

As soon as he said not to stay home in November and “vote your conscience”, the NY Delegation lost their minds, started booing and screaming “endorse”. This was not unplanned, apparently:

Now, read Ben Shapiro’s article, Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Cruz’s ‘Vote Your Conscience’ Speech. Here’s an excerpt, which is more like a timeline summary:

  1. Donald Trump knew Cruz’s speech text in advance.
  2. Cruz told Trump two days in advance that he would not endorse him.
  3. The speech itself congratulated Trump on winning the nomination, ripped Hillary Clinton, extolled freedom, and then told Americans to vote their conscience.
  4. When Cruz gave the pre-approved speech clearly ripping Hillary and telling Americans to vote based on principle, Trump minions reportedly began whipping the crowd into boos. Paul Manafort reportedly “grinned and chuckled when asked by Mark Halperin if Trump aides encouraged boos of Cruz from the floor.”
  5. Trump obviously knew what was coming, too, and entered the arena as Cruz concluded his speech, before Cruz was booed off the stage.

Here is the full Transcript of Cruz’s speech. 

Maybe it’s because we live in a world where so many others have had their lives destroyed by evil in places like Orlando, and Paris, and Nice, and Baton Rouge. Maybe it’s because of the simple question itself. What if this right now is our last time? Our last moment to do something for our families, and our country? Did we live up to the values we say we believe? Did we do all we really could?

That’s really what elections should be about. That’s 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 wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids, our own Caroline’s, that we did our best for their future and our country.

My personal reactions:

Classic Trump:

Trump allegedly knew Cruz definitely wouldn’t endorse and it was a condition for Cruz appearing that night.  Reminder“I’m not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and my family,” Cruz said

Also, the RNC and the Trump campaign had a copy of the speech long before it was given and all parties approved it and apparently thought it was “great”:

Trump supporters all over Twitter stamped their feet and screamed that Cruz ‘lied again’ and didn’t fulfill his pledge.  Every single one of them seems to have forgotten Donald Trump reneged on the pledge back in a March Townhall.
Related: Trump, Cruz and Kasich take back vow to support Republican nominee


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