According to Twitter, several names and phrases surrounding the RNC’s happenings on Wednesday, July 20, are going viral. One of those names is Ted Cruz, who quickly gained 90,000 tweets about him on Twitter as he spoke that evening. Whereas Pastor Darrell Scott gave effusive praise to Trump and spoke about seeing Trump place his left hand on the Bible and raise his right hand to swear into the highest office of the land, Cruz is gaining buzz for telling voters to “vote your conscience” — a phrase that quickly gained nearly 8,000 tweets.
As reported by Fox News, Cruz received boos.
Cruz spoke about needing a leader that would be faithful to the Constitution. Instead of telling voters to directly vote for Trump, Cruz told people to rely on their own sense of right and wrong.
“Please don’t stay home in November. Stand, speak and vote your conscience.”
The crowd became defiant and angry over the words Cruz were speaking after they realized that Cruz would not endorse Trump directly. As such, they began shouting for Trump in a manner that became so loud that the crowd nearly drowned out Cruz’s words at certain points.
“We want Trump! We want Trump!”
With Cruz getting booed at the RNC, it was on the list of things that people would never think they’d see at a convention.
Trump waited in the rafters for Ted Cruz to end his speech. Everyone, in turn, focused on Trump. As such, the New York delegates began booing Cruz because Cruz did not endorse Trump.
There was plenty of disappointment over Cruz choosing not to directly endorse Trump for president.
Newt Gingrich took the stage later, claiming that Cruz said voters can vote their conscience for anyone who would uphold the Constitution. Gingrich claimed that Trump would be the only president to uphold the Constitution.
According to political pundits, Cruz took a risk and made a calculated choice to not directly say Trump’s name as the candidate he endorses for president. Cruz is likely looking for a 2020 presidential bid — and encouraged folks to vote for the candidate they best felt would uphold American values.
It was a bold move for Cruz to choose to not endorse Trump all the while showing up at the RNC to speak at such a visible moment. Cruz did not say that a vote for anyone else besides Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton. Instead, Cruz appeared to leave his options open without directly endorsing Trump.
As the video screen behind Cruz began to falter, Cruz continued his speech. At certain points near the end of Ted’s speech, he thanked the New York delegation for their enthusiasm at wanting Trump to take the stage. That’s when Trump appeared in the wings and all attention fell on Donald, in what is being called a calculated move by Trump to take the attention away from Cruz.
According to some folks in the audience at the RNC, Cruz’s speech didn’t go over very well.
Some are saying Cruz’s speech is one that did not belong during the third day of the Republican National Convention. Not endorsing Trump might backfire on Cruz or end up being his smartest move yet.
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