“And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way”. During the heated primary battle, Trump had insulted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, for her physical appearance and suggested that the senator’s father was linked to late President John F. Kennedy’s assassin. Cruz spent an afternoon at Trump Tower in Manhattan, and the two men headlined a Capitol Hill rally against the Iranian nuclear deal – something virtually unheard of for two candidates running against one another.
The endorsement surprised – and even angered – a host of conservatives who had looked to Cruz as the standard-bearer of the #NeverTrump movement, a man who had publicly refused to endorse the nominee at the Republican National Convention, declaring instead: “Vote your conscience!”
He also doubted the fitness of Clinton for the presidency while highlighting that her policies would harm millions of Americans.
The first presidential debate is only three days away and with Cruz stepping forward at this time and date, does that give Trump a little more wind under his wings? Tim Kaine took his own dig at Cruz, saying as he campaigned in Texas, “If somebody said that about my dad, they would never have me as a supporter for anything”.
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But Cruz had been under enormous pressure to stand with his party – from the GOP leadership in Texas and nationally, as well as from some of his biggest donors and from the grass roots, where Cruz’s refusal to back Trump was derided as a sign of selfish petulance.
“This list is definitive and I will choose only from it in picking future justices of the United States Supreme Court”, Trump said in a news release.
The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, an organization that backed Cruz over Trump in the primary but endorsed Trump this week, said it “commends” Cruz for “listening to the grassroots activists and Republican voters who nominated Donald Trump in order to shake up the Washington Establishment and its stranglehold over our politics”. “While my brother and I might disagree as to which of the two lists is better, they’re both great lists and I’m flattered to be on this one”.
Cruz and his aides have recently signaled that they were coming around to Trump. But I’ll read you his statement, and I want to say that I’ve always liked Ted Cruz, always.
Cruz said he was simply following through on a promise to support his party’s presidential nominee, even though the NY billionaire had nicknamed him “Lyin’ Ted”, insulted his wife and linked his father to the John F. Kennedy assassination. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. The angry response from fellow Republicans to Mr. Cruz’s July convention speech surprised the senator’s top aides.