Texas Senator and former Republican Party presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced that he intends to through his support behind the nominee Donald Trump.
He made the announcement via a lengthy Facebook post, I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.” He continued, “Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable.”
Trump, after saying he would not accept his endorsement, did shortly after.
It comes as surprise since Trump gave Cruz the moniker “Lying Ted,” implied Cruz’s Rafael was involved in the JFK assassination, and made fun of Cruz’s wife.
It comes on the heels of the RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ announcement that he will see to it that GOP officials who refused to endorse Trump would be punished. Prior to that, some pundits were theorizing that former Texas Governor Rick Perry would try to primary Cruz during the mid-terms.
For Cruz supporters, this felt like a big let down. Ted Cruz was seen as the last strong candidate from the primary. However, Cruz did vow to support the eventual candidate. Some are disagreeing with his decision while others are taking a neutral position.
Of course, Trump supporters are suddenly behind Cruz and praising him. This is a shift in position on the Texas Senator. Those on the Trump Train had been trolling Cruz in the months following the GOP Convention in Cleveland.
Steve Deace of the Conservative Review said it best on Twitter, “I’m sure those applauding Cruz today but who blasted him all primary and undermined him will be there for him in 2020.”
While I disagree that this makes him a total failure, it is a further let down compared to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky supporting Mitch McConnell in his reelection bid.
Personally, I disagree with Ted Cruz. I think he should have stayed strong, but he did make a pledge. However, I would not have blamed him if he broke it considering Trump’s behavior toward him.
No politician is perfect, but as a member of the Never Trump group, it appears that are only ally in the GOP primary field this election cycle gave up on us.
To be clear, if I was still in Texas, I would vote for him, but this is a major strike against him. Let’s hope he can work hard to redeem himself.
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