The crowd at the Republican National Convention last night waited in rapt anticipation of Ted Cruz' endorsement of Donald Trump for president...but they never got it.
According to CNN, Cruz refused to give his endorsement during his speech but advised voters, "Don't stay home in November. Stand and speak and vote your conscience."
His words drew howls of indignation for Trump supporters who seemed to feel that Cruz was still encouraging people to not vote for Trump.
According to the Chicago Tribune, when asked about his earlier pledge to support the Republican nominee, Cruz replied, "The day that was abdicated was the day this became personal. I'm not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I'll give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father."
He was referring to the times when Trump mocked Cruz' wife Heidi's looks and insinuated that Cruz' father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Cruz doubled down, adding, "And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, I'm going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say 'Thank you very much for maligning my wife and my father.'"
According to Variety, Cruz has refused to say who he's planning to vote for but made it clear he wasn't voting for Hillary.
Last night on Twitter, Trump didn't seem too bothered by the lack of endorsement, writing, "Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!
But his tone was more critical today as he added, "Ted Cruz talks about the Constitution but doesn't say that if the Dems win the Presidency, the new JUSTICES appointed will destroy us all!"
And then he took a sly jab at him later, tweeting: "Other than a small group of people who have suffered massive and embarrassing losses, the party is VERY united. Great love in the arena!"