On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that after months of consideration and prayer, he would support and vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump. Cruz, as you may recall, came under fire when he refused to explicitly endorse Trump at the RNC Convention. But it seems he’s had a change of heart.
“This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history,” he said on Facebook. “Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election.”
In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
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.
Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.
After listing six policy areas he disagrees with Democrat Hillary Clinton, Cruz said that she would — with 100% certainty — deliver on her promises.
“My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that,” he said.
“We also have seen, over the past few weeks and months, a Trump campaign focusing more and more on freedom — including emphasizing school choice and the power of economic growth to lift African-Americans and Hispanics to prosperity.
“Finally, after eight years of a lawless Obama administration, targeting and persecuting those disfavored by the administration, fidelity to the rule of law has never been more important.”
“A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment,” he said in conclusion. “And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.”
Reaction on Facebook was mixed, with many supporting his decision. Others, however, called him a “sellout.”
Steven Crowder noted:
Not at all surprised that Ted Cruz will vote Trump. Not a huge controversy. But his timing and handling has just been awful all around.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) September 23, 2016
So does this mean Ted Cruz is finally admitting it was his father on the grassy knoll?
— Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) September 23, 2016
So, Ted Cruz finally endorsed the Republican candidate for President of the United States. He had to do it to save his own political career.
— ~ Lady Liberty ~ (@libertyladyusa) September 23, 2016
Some were more direct in their approach:
@tedcruz you're a fucking coward
— Sean Morrow (@snmrrw) September 23, 2016
Many others were just as angry, but one person put it in perspective:
you anti cruz'ers need to give it a break.. and help bring this nation together. I'm tired of the ugliness and immaturity.
— Lucille Russell9 (@lucillerussell9) September 23, 2016
As are many others.
No mater what Cruz did, he was certain to catch flak. The reality, however, is that either Trump or Hillary Clinton will win the November election. At this point, it is crucial to unite in order to keep Clinton — perhaps the most evil person ever nominated to the White House by a major party — out of office.
What say you? Did Cruz do the right thing? Let us know in the comments below.
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