Ted Cruz Endorses ‘Utterly Amoral’ Donald Trump (No, Really)

Senator Ted Cruz (TX) endorsed his former rival for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump, after months of suggesting he cold not vote for him.

Cruz, who urged Republicans to “vote your conscience” at the Republican Convention in July, said Friday via a Facebook post that he arrived at his decision to endorse Trump “after many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience.”

I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.

Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.

Cruz went on to list six key issues on which he sides with Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, including energy, immigration, national security, and internet freedom. He also listed the future of the Supreme Court as a reason for supporting him, adding that the recent inclusion of Senator Mike Lee to Trump’s list of possible SCOTUS nominations “provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump.”

Cruz ran an intense and heated primary campaign against Trump. During the campaign, Donald Trump:

  • Suggested that Ted Cruz’s father may have been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Retweeted an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz alongside an image of Melania Trump.
  • Claimed that Ted Cruz may not have been eligible to run for president because he was born in Canada.
  • Characterized Cruz as a “soft, weak, little baby” and the “single biggest liar I have ever dealt with.”
  • Added to the speculation that Cruz had cheated on his wife by saying he would “spill the beans” on her.

In response, Cruz called Trump a “pathological liar”; “utterly amoral”; and “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country has ever seen.”

“The day [the pledge to support the Republican nominee] was abrogated was the day this became personal,” Cruz told Texas delegates at the RNC. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and support my father,” he continued.

Cruz’s Facebook post made no mention of how he now feels about Trump’s comments about his wife and father. He also made no mention of whether or not this endorsement now made him a “servile puppy dog” to Trump. It is unlikely that these questions will be answered by Cruz or his staff in the coming months.

Here’s how the people of the internet reacted to the news:

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Stephen N. Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered to fulfill their God-given potential, collaborate with others, and take ownership in the well-being and success of their communities. He helps emerging leaders inspire others and influence change. Stephen founded OUTSET in 2014 and currently serves as the network's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily writes about civic and political engagement, education, media, and culture. He also hosts a self-titled podcast on which he speaks to young conservative leaders in activism, business, and media. In addition to OUTSET, Stephen is a communications specialist and leadership coach. Originally from Houston, Stephen now lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.