After Trump Endorsement, Does Cruz Still Deserve Your Support?
On Friday, Ted Cruz disappointed many passionate and loyal members of the CruzCrew -- the grassroots movement supporting him for president -- by endorsing Donald Trump. As co-founder of Ted Cruz 45, a grassroots movement on social media supporting him for president, I've seen many of my friends express their disillusionment with the Texas senator. Some friends -- loyal supporters of Cruz -- have announced they're taking a break from politics, while others have remarked that this is yet another disappointment this election season -- one they may not be able to overcome soon, if at all.
I understand these people. I sympathize with them. We all thought and hoped Cruz would be above party politics as usual. He even implied he was by refusing to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, simply urging conservatives to vote their conscience. Yet, he has now caved. It's sad, it truly is.
Other Cruz supporters are currently in denial. They claim that he did not "truly endorse" Trump. To them, I'd like to point out the last paragraph of his Facebook post:
A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment. And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.
Friends, conservative warriors, we may not like it, but that's a clear endorsement. There's no other way to put it. If I tell you "I pledged to give you $20 last month, and I am honoring that commitment today," you'll rightfully assume I'm giving you the 20 bucks. What's more, Cruz actually added a sentence calling on other conservatives to vote for Trump as well. Combined, that's basically the literal definition of a political endorsement.
So here we are. Ted Cruz -- who called Mitch McConnell a liar to his face, who was willing to stand alone to stop ObamaCare and a host of other bad laws -- has caved. That's the truth of the matter, no denial will make it go away.