Is Ted Cruz a hero or a traitor to the Republican Party? | The Tylt
Ted Cruz's shocking Republican National Convention speech has observers referring to Wednesday night as "The Ted Wedding." Many saw Cruz's refusal to endorse the GOP nominee as a Game Of Thrones-level betrayal, where he sold out not only Donald Trump, but the entire Republican Party.
Did Cruz's speech Wednesday night make him a traitor who's helping get Hillary Clinton elected?
Attendees literally booed Cruz offstage when he pointedly refused to endorse Trump during his 20-minute speech, exhorting Republicans to "vote your conscience" (a phrase quickly picked up by the Clinton campaign).
But many thought the Texas senator's refusal to kiss Trump's ring—in front of millions—was bold and uncompromising. Cruz explained that he was not about to endorse someone who had insulted his family. "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father." Even people who loathe Cruz expressed grudging admiration for the audacity of his rogue moment.
So, did Cruz's speech make him an uncompromising hero?
Others are furious with Cruz and accusing him of backstabbing betrayal. Many prominent Republicans withheld endorsements of Trump (John McCain, John Kasich, and the entire Bush family), but they didn't get up at the RNC and publicly humiliate their party's nominee. Political observers say Cruz's performance had nothing to do with personal integrity—it was about planning his presidential run in 2020. If Trump loses, Cruz could wind up looking like one of the few sane voices in the GOP, but he could also be accused of helping Trump lose.
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Is Ted Cruz a hero or a traitor to the Republican Party?
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