Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who finished second to Donald Trump in the GOP presidential primaries, has done an about-face since his speech at the Republican National Convention in July.Instead of endorsing Trump as nominee, Cruz said, “To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. If you love our country … stand and speak and vote your conscience. Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
The senator was booed by the audience and received a lot of criticism for his decision.
Trump responded to Cruz’s lack of support at the time by saying, “He’ll come and endorse in the next little while because he has no choice. … I don’t want his endorsement. Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.”
Cruz announced his reversal in a Facebook post Friday.
“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” the senator said.
While Cruz changed his mind about the endorsement, Trump changed his mind about accepting it.
After learning of the endorsement, the GOP nominee said, “I am greatly honored by the endorsement of Senator Cruz. We have fought the battle and he was a tough and brilliant opponent. I look forward to working with him for many years to come in order to make America great again.”
Cruz explained the reason for his change of heart in his Facebook post.
He cited first his earlier promise to endorse the party’s nominee. Second was his belief that supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton is “wholly unacceptable.”
The senator went on to praise Trump for his commitment to appoint Supreme Court justices “in the mold of [Antonin] Scalia.”
During the primaries, Trump and Cruz often bumped heads.
At one point, Trump, quick to assign a nickname to an opponent, started referring to Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.” He also mocked the appearance of Cruz’s wife and suggested the senator’s father was involved with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Before ending his campaign, Cruz called Trump a “serial philanderer,” “utterly amoral” and “a narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen.”
Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is credited by some with having a major role in easing the tensions between the two men.
Cruz and Trump have communicated by message and phone as well as meeting in person once.
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