Texas Senator Ted Cruz addressed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Wednesday night. However, he failed to stick to the script.
Cruz didn’t follow his Trump-approved prepared remarks and went rogue. Instead of speaking for 10 minutes, as he was asked to, Cruz spoke for 23 minutes.
He congratulated Donald Trump on winning the nomination, but failed to endorse him or even talk about him other than that. Cruz discussed the recent killings of police officers. He spoke out against the Obama administration and against Hillary. And, of course, he talked a lot about freedom — but not about Trump. In fact, it seemed that Cruz was urging Republicans NOT to vote for GOP nominee.
He told those listening to get out and vote in November — but not necessarily for Donald. “If you love our country and love our 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,” Cruz said.
When the crowd shouted “Endorse Trump!” Cruz responded by saying condescendingly: “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.” They jeered and booed Cruz, but he continued with his speech.
And then, Donald Trump emerged from across the arena and seemingly glaring at Cruz. Apparently, the Donald wasn’t happy with Cruz’s speech at all, but afterward said it was “no big deal.”
Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016
The party needs to unify to beat Hillary. Marco Rubio’s RNC speech urged voters to do just that. But Cruz… well, he’s Cruz.
Watch Ted Cruz’s RNC speech below…