Heidi Cruz was heckled and had to be escorted out of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night when a crowd of angry Trump supporters began moving in on her during her husband’s controversial speech.
Cruz made waves in an already controversy-filled convention on Wednesday when he delivered a speech in which he failed to endorse his Republican primary rival. Cruz’s speech was met with boos that grew increasingly louder as the crowd began to realize that he would not be endorsing Donald Trump.
“Don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said near the conclusion of his speech, drawing the loudest jeers from the crowd. “Stand and speak and vote your conscience.”
Ted Cruz only mentioned Donald Trump once, congratulating the GOP’s nominee a the very beginning of the speech. As Cruz’s speech went on and it became apparent to the crowd that he would not be endorsing Donald Trump — seemingly confirming the reports throughout the week indicated that he was not endorsing Trump — many began shouting at Cruz to mention Trump.
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) July 21, 2016
That was when the crowd also turned on Heidi Cruz, CNN noted.
“As delegates began to protest, Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, was heckled by Trump supporters shouting ‘Goldman Sachs!’ and escorted out by security. Heidi Cruz, who is an employee of Goldman Sachs, declined to answer questions from reporters, saying, ‘I don’t talk to the media, thanks.'”
Video posted by reporter Graham Moomaw showed Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, escorting Heidi Cruz away from the crowd.
Angry Ken Cuccinelli escorting Heidi Cruz out as Trump supporters yell at her pic.twitter.com/G6USuhoSx2
— Graham Moomaw (@gmoomaw) July 21, 2016
While Heidi Cruz ended up the subject of taunts and vague threats from angry Donald Trump supporters on the Republican National Convention floor, most of the anger was directed toward her husband.
“I think it was a disgrace what Ted Cruz did,” Mell Flynn, an actress who is a California delegate, told The Hollywood Reporter. “He never even mentioned Donald Trump in his speech. I believe he was trying to be clever, thinking he would satisfy his people and the Trump delegates. It obviously didn’t work. If he wanted party unity and to beat Hillary in November, he should have endorsed Trump.”
Many had viewed Ted Cruz as a strange pick to speak at the Republican National Convention, let alone in the most coveted prime time spot. He and Trump never mended fences after what was a heated primary, and Cruz had resisted the calls to endorse Trump after the Cruz’s campaign ended. There were also reports that Cruz would not be endorsing Trump in his speech, and Trump himself tweeted after the convention ended that he saw a draft of Cruz’s speech two hours before it was delivered, giving him advanced notice that there would be no endorsement.
In the wake of the controversial speech, Cruz also faced personal threats just as his wife did. CNN reported that he was confronted after the speech ended, with one party insider calling him a disgrace and nearly getting into a physical altercation with Cruz.
This is not the first time that Heidi Cruz has been caught in the crossfire between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Back in March, Trump retweeted an image that appeared to mock Heidi’s looks in comparison to Trump’s wife, Melania.
This came after a Cruz-backing Super PAC had sent Utah voters a flyer showing a scantily clad Melania Trump in a racy pose. Trump accused Ted Cruz of being behind the mailing and in turn threatened Heidi Cruz.
Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
Cruz shot back, warning him not to attack Heidi and saying his threat was classless.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2016
It was then that Trump retweeted the unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
A full video of Heidi Cruz being escorted from the RNC arena as well as an interview with Ken Cuccinelli can be seen here.
[Photo by Matt Rourke/AP Images]