Ted Cruz plans to back Donald Trump for the presidency on Friday afternoon, which came after a stunning turn of events after a contentious primary filled with personal attacks, and a dramatic snub at the Republican National Convention.
Ted Cruz did something quite bizarre when everyone thought he was going to give an enthusiastic endorsement for Donald Trump. Cruz claims that things became personal, and after having his wife and father attacked by Trump’s campaign, he will not come forward like a “servile puppy dog” and honor his commitment to endorse the winning Republican candidate.
You could tell that endorsing Donald Trump took all the restraint and self control which Senator Ted Cruz has left after a brutal campaign trail battle with the real estate tycoon.
“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,” Cruz wroteÂ onÂ Facebook.
“A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment. And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.”
The two men clashed often during the primaries, as Trump taunted the senator with the nickname “Lyin’ Ted,” suggested Cruz wasn’t eligible to be president due to his Canadian birthplace, and even speculated that Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination. Trump also said that Cruz should “be careful” or he would “spill the beans on your wife,” and retweeted an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz.
Those tweets have not been deleted from Donald Trumps Twitter account:
Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2016
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
It was Mike Pence who was the instrumental figure in bringing Cruz to the deal table, and then getting him to endorse Donald Trump.
Ted CruzÂ endorses Donald Trump for two reasons:
- Ted Cruz promised to endorse the last remaining candidate of the Republican party when he first took the stage at the beginning of the elections.
- Ted Cruz said that he would do anything to keep Hillary Clinton from becoming president, so if he had to endorse Donald Trump to do so, than so be it.
Just three days before Donald Trump has his first major debate against Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz made his endorsement because the Trump and Cruz camps have moved closer in recent weeks after discussing numerous points, such as who will be on the list of conservative judges likely to appeal to the former Supreme Court clerk — including perhaps Cruz’s closest friend in Congress, Utah Senator Mike Lee.
The endorsement by Senator Cruz could be the last pillar to helping Donald Trump shore up the support of conservatives who have remained reticent about supporting his campaign.