Ted Cruz addressed the Texas Republican delegation Thursday morning in Cleveland following his controversial speech the night before at the 2016 Republican National Convention and the Texas senator was defiant over his decision not to endorse Donald Trump and for not fully honoring a pledge to support the eventual nominee.
“I will tell you, when I stood on that debate stage and they asked every candidate there, ‘If you don’t win, will you support the nominee,’ I raised my hand and I raised my hand enthusiastically with full intention of doing exactly that,” Cruz told an angry Trump supporter.
“And I’ll tell you the day that pledge was abrogated,” he continued. “The day that was abrogated was the day this became personal.”
Understanding there were many Trump supporters in the room, Cruz made it clear he wasn’t there to attack the GOP nominee.
“But I’ll just give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he added.
And Cruz proved just how personal those attacks were to him.
“That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack [wife] Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say, ‘Thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father,’” he said.
A Trump supporter called out that this is politics and Cruz should “get over it.”
“No, this is not politics,” Cruz replied. “I will tell the truth. I will not malign, I will not insult, I will tell the truth. This is not a game, this is not politics. Right and wrong matters. We have not abandoned who we are in this country.”
For the record, Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer said that by making it personal, Cruz likely “destroyed his political career right there.”
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