Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night without endorsing the party’s nominee, Donald Trump, and he exited the stage to loud boos from the crowd.
Most of Cruz’s speech seemed well-received by the crowd at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, but once it became clear that the former 2016 presidential candidate would not endorse Trump, the crowd started booing.
Not only did Cruz neglect to endorse Trump, but he also told the audience to vote their conscience in November.
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said. “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.”
Boos and a chant of “We want Trump!” rose up from the audience.
Cruz paused before saying: “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.”
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