Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 Flickr After failing to endorse Donald Trump in his speech at the Republican National Convention, Ted Cruz was booed off the stage Wednesday night in Cleveland. Cruz dropped out of the presidential race at the beginning of May. Cruz encouraged voters not to stay home in November, however, instead of endorsing Trump, he 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.” According to the National Review, things only got worse from there. Amid the booing from the crowd, which included the New York delegation, Cruz attempted to finish the remaining paragraphs of his speech, but was drowned out. “The booing grew louder and nastier, and in response, pockets of Cruz loyalists began shouting back at the antagonists,” the National Review article reads. In September, the Republican presidential candidates were asked to sign a loyalty pledge in an effort to prevent Trump from a third-party run. By signing the document, candidates pledged their support to the eventual nominee. According to the Washington Post, the pledge read: “I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” reads the document. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.” The only point at which Cruz even mentioned Trump’s name was to congratulate him on winning the nomination, according to Vox. Once attendees realized there was no endorsement coming from Cruz, any cheering that was coming from the crowd turned to booing and shouting, “We want Trump!” repeatedly. Trump acknowledged his former rival on Twitter, saying he had previous knowledge of what Cruz was going to say, but he let him speak anyway. Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016 Other than a small group of people who have suffered massive and embarrassing losses, the party is VERY united. Great love in the arena! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016 Thursday morning, Cruz addressed what had occurred at the RNC, but remained defiant. According to the Associated Press, Cruz said, “I’m not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I’ll give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.” He also said he would not act as “a servile puppy dog” and support Trump, explaining that the pledge was “not a blanket commitment.” Twitter Reacts to Cruz’s Refusal to Endorse Trump .@TedCruz: "I'm not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father." Politics aside, you can kind of get this. — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 21, 2016 "My name is Ted Cruz. You killed my father. Prepare to die." -The Princess Bride superfan Ted Cruz, to a mirror, preparing for this presser — Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) July 21, 2016 And Ted Cruz — Ted Cruz! — emerges as the only major Republican figure whose dignity is still intact. — Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) July 21, 2016 .@marcorubio @GovChristie showed no spine or principles by drooling over @realDonaldTrump @tedcruz @JohnKasich won't change on @GOP nominee. — Luis A. Miranda, Jr. (@Vegalteno) July 21, 2016 I can't believe I need to Thank @tedcruz for giving us this pic! #RNCinCLE #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/6nLfzTjXCR — BCarrz (@bcarrz) July 21, 2016 To be clear: Republicans booed when @tedcruz told them to vote their conscience for the candidate who will defend the Constitution. Wow. — Justin Green (@JGreenDC) July 21, 2016 i don't know much about @tedcruz, but what he did tonight was brave. — Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) July 21, 2016 Tonight, for the first time in his life, people wanted to like Ted #Cruz – and he totally blew it. — Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) July 21, 2016 I apologize from all of us real Texans 4 the disgrace @tedcruz is to our great state. In our defense he wasn't born here & belongs in Canada — TX Trump Mom (@TxTrumpMom) July 21, 2016 Whatever you think of Ted Cruz's speech, he did Donald Trump 1 big favor: That speech is ALL cable TV will be talking about tomorrow. — Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) July 21, 2016 .@tedcruz YOU SIGNED A PLEDGE! Lyin Ted! — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 21, 2016 @tedcruz You BROKE your pledge to endorse the GOP nominee. You have NO integrity. — T Bradley (@TBradleyNC) July 21, 2016 Ted Cruz publicly embarrassing Trump at the #RNC and proceeding to be booed off the stage is the biggest win/win situation of 2016. — Stephen Sajdak (@stephensajdak) July 21, 2016 If you'll humor me, I will now roll through my favorite Ted Cruz GIFs of this campaign. Starting here pic.twitter.com/elwXyyOnAy — Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) July 20, 2016 What was your reaction to Cruz’s speech? Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article was written for Business 2 Community by Kane Pepi.Learn how to publish your content on B2C Author: Kane Pepi Kane Pepi is an experienced financial and cryptocurrency writer with over 2,000+ published articles, guides, and market insights in the public domain. Expert niche subjects include asset valuation and analysis, portfolio management, and the prevention of financial crime. 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