Texas Senator Ted Cruz stood before the GOP convention Wednesday night, congratulated Donald Trump for winning the nomination and told every member of the Republican party to vote in November and to vote their conscience. Cruz quickly followed up the comment by stating that he was not going to be voting for Hillary in November.
Cruz was booed by Trump supporters and GOP establishment figures who took “vote your conscience” to mean don’t vote for Donald Trump. The people in attendance were hoping for Cruz to openly endorse Trump, but according to the Blaze, those people were sorely disappointed. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz said the next morning.
Political pundits rushed to point out that Cruz had signed a pledge to the RNC to support the Republican nominee. In rushing to judge Cruz they ignored the fact that Trump himself had backed out of the pledge in March.
Further explaining his reason to overstep the pledge that other candidates had ignored, Cruz said “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.”