Ted Cruz's speech at the Republican National Convention did not go over well with one of the party's most prominent donor's - billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
On Thursday morning, a defiant Cruz continued to ratchet up his war against Trump, declaring that he would not grovel "like a servile puppy."
Speaking to a passionate but divided Texas delegation, Cruz said the unconditional support for the GOP nominee that he had promised earlier this year disappeared "the day this became personal". Ted Cruz's remarks. Cruz was booed by convention-goers for not explicitly endorsing Trump.
Maria Farias, vice chairwoman of the Bexar County GOP, said she did not buy Cruz's reluctance to back Trump because he attacked the Cruz family. "It's a hope and a prayer that we get the Republican party back together", she said.
Also in the transcript, Trump sum up Hillary Clinton's legacy as "death, destruction and weakness" and shares his plan to - as his campaign slogan promises - "make America great again".
"When I hear "Trump" chants - and you couldn't even hear, that's how loud they were, "Trump, Trump, Trump" - and he doesn't come out and endorse, which that's obviously what everybody was looking for him to do and, quite frankly, what would have been the right thing for him to do".
Rep. Walter Jones, R-Farmville, said he had a chance to talk to Cruz about the presidential election when he ran into him at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington a few weeks ago. It also seems possible that voters could blame a Trump defeat (and the ensuing Clinton presidency) on people like Cruz who provocatively encouraged Republicans to vote for someone other than Trump. "Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution".
"I'll support Ted Cruz as a senator, but tonight we needed an endorsement to unify and move forward and we didn't get that", he told FoxNews.com. "I was just shocked, shocked at their treatment of him and us, frankly", said Christian Gramm, an IL delegate and Cruz supporter.
Jeers erupted from Trump supporters in the crowd, and Cruz's wife, Heidi, was escorted out by security amid the shouting.
"I do think it's a statement of principle", Hayes said, noting that Trump mocked John McCain, Carly Fiorina and a disabled reporter. I'm going to be listening to how he and the campaign conduct themselves every day from now to November.
Cruz said it' "up to us" to determine whether it's true or not. Instead, everyone from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Gen. Mike Flynn to anonymous Republican National Committee functionaries lit into Cruz as a traitor.