Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said it was “no big deal” that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) refused to endorse him during a speech at the Republican National Convention. Cruz, one of Trump’s opponents during the primaries, was booed off the stage by delegates in attendance after speaking at the convention on Wednesday night.
“Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!”
Cruz mentioned Trump one time during his speech, but didn’t endorse the candidate at all — and urged potential voters to listen to their “conscience” at the polls.
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love our country, and love our children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,” he said as many in the crowd booed. Chants of “endorse Trump!” rose up soon after Cruz’s comments, but he never did provide Trump with a proper show of support by name. “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” Cruz said in response to the jeers.
Following the speech, Cruz’s wife Heidi Cruz was escorted out of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland after being harassed by Trump supporters. “People behind her were getting very ugly and physically approaching her. It was not a pretty situation,” Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli told ABC. According to CNN, Ted Cruz was also a target of ire among convention attendees, with one calling Cruz a disgrace right to his face.
Read Trump’s take on the speech below.