Cruz explains: I’m not endorsing someone who smeared my family — Video

Ted Cruz addresses Texas delegationOn Thursday, Sen. [score]Ted Cruz[/score], R-Texas, addressed the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention, and explained why he did not specifically endorse Donald Trump by name.

The meeting was somewhat contentious, with one angry Trump supporter wondering why he didn’t honor his pledge to support and defend the nominee.

The Texas Republican made it clear why he didn’t, and explained that the day the pledge was abrogated “was the day this became personal.”

“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. That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack 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.’”

Moreover, he said Trump knew well in advance that there would be no endorsement.

“He didn’t ask me to endorse and, indeed, three days ago I talked on the phone with him and told him, ‘I’m not going to endorse you,’” he said.

Here’s the full video:

Reaction on Twitter was mixed, with many castigating Cruz for not openly endorsing Trump.

But there were a number who agreed with his decision.





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Joe Newby

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