Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Donald Trump at Republican National Convention
Jul 22 2016
But on Wednesday one of the last Republicans to drop out of the race, Ted Cruz, drew boos for refusing to endorse Trump.
Ted Cruz takes the stage at the Republican National Convention, July 20, 2016.
For example, asked about Russia's threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are the most recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russian Federation attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations "have fulfilled their obligations to us".
Diverting attention away from his rival, Trump join his family in a VIP area and flashed a thumbs-up while Cruz spoke, a gesture that transmitted obvious anger at the Texas senator's behavior. "No harm was meant", she said.
Cruz was harshly critical of Trump in the waning weeks of their primary battle, calling the businessman a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral". Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, said on CNN that the RNC should take retaliatory action against Cruz (and also Gov. John Kasich) for failing to endorse the nominee as they had pledged to do. Trump is expected to accept the nomination for the presidential elections tomorrow. Hard to see. Trump was proud that he snagged the GOP presidential nomination without ads, pollsters, squads of policy advisors, a ground game or the spending of much money.
The man designated to warm the crowd before the Mike Pence show was New Gingrich, the former House speaker in the first Clinton era, or part of it. As he stepped out on the stage, he was met by scattered but determined boos, yet one more display of party disunity.
Political professionals I've talked to the past few days thought it was risky for the Trump campaign not to bulk up for the November contest.
"I think it was very bad", Christie said.
Trump could have urged his supporters to listen politely and magnanimously to what he knew would be a non-endorsement speech.
Pence got a few laughs early on in his speech, noting some of the obvious question marks that came along with his selection: how different he is from Trump and his lack of national profile.
Mr Cruz's recalcitrance is a clear indication that the Republican party is in disarray at a time when its members should be pulling together. It's a safe bet that Trump has prepared a speech for Thursday night, but will he stick to it?
Meanwhile Chancellor Torbit, a 28-year-old delegate from Baltimore, said he particularly appreciated Donald Jr's comments about his father supporting blue collar workers, and promoting them in his company.
He encouraged voters to back his father because he is "quite frankly, my friends... the one candidate who does not need this job". "Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution".
Donald Trump gave running mate Mike Pence an air kiss at the conclusion of the IN governor's speech at the GOP convention.
"None of us could have predicted the records he would break, the stadiums he would fill, the movement he would start", Eric Trump said.