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Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump deserves praise, not boos

Ted Cruz addresses the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but got booed when it became clear he wouldn’t be endorsing Donald Trump.
Ted Cruz addresses the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, but got booed when it became clear he wouldn’t be endorsing Donald Trump. The Washington Post

Ted Cruz gained a ton of respect from me for his refusal to endorse Donald Trump.

He fully intended to support the eventual nominee when he raised his hand at the presidential debate in March. However, as a man of principle, something Trump is not, that pledge became null and void when Trump attacked Cruz’s family.

Trump mocked Heidi Cruz’s appearance, alluded to a breakdown Heidi had years ago, let friends at the National Enquirer run with a ridiculous story about Cruz having multiple affairs and said Cruz’s dad might have had something to do with John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

At that point, I would have lost all respect for Cruz if he had endorsed Trump in “the interest of party unity.” I find it interesting that Cruz telling people to vote “their conscience” angered the Trump camp.

People forget that Trump was the first one to say he wouldn’t honor the pledge when he was crying on a daily basis about how the election was being stolen from him. Amazing how so many people have thrown principles and honor out the window in blind support of an immoral, immature narcissist.

I fear a Hillary Clinton presidency as much as any conservative, but not enough to abandon my principles.

Jody Langford, Templeton

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