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:
“I’m old enough to remember when Ted Cruz thought both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were liberal New Yorkers.” –@jaketapper 🔥💯
— Julia Porterfield (@JK_Porterfield) 23 September 2016
Ted Cruz walks into a bar. A man spits in his face. Cruz makes a fist, then buys the man a drink.
Nothing mattered. It hadn’t for years.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) 23 September 2016
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) 23 September 2016
Hearing that Ted Cruz is expected to endorse Trump. But don’t worry, this is actually just a poison pill endorsement.
— Conrad Close (@conradclose) 23 September 2016
Does this mean Cruz has finally come to love New York values?
— Evan Schrage (@EvanSchrage) 23 September 2016
And with that, Jeb and Kasich are the abiding defenders of conservative virtue, just as everyone predicted.
— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) 23 September 2016