Ted Cruz Booed Off RNC Stage After Refusing to Endorse Trump

Ted Cruz was booed off the RNC stage on Wednesday after he refused to endorse Donald Trump.

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Ted Cruz refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on day three of the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, prompting many audience members to boo the Texas senator and chant "We want Trump!"

"If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience," Cruz declared. "Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution."

Cruz's "vote your conscience" line echoes the #NeverTrump campaign's call for delegates to "vote their conscience," rather than for the controversial businessman and reality TV star-turned-politician.

Online reaction to the Texas senator's speech was mixed: 

You want principled? That was principled. Cruz @ #RNCinCLE
.@GovScottWalker & @marcorubio played ball. @tedcruz did not.#RNCinCLE
I supported Cruz originally & am appalled. Not endorsing is 1 thing, but told voters it essentially didn't matter who they voted for. Awful
Lots of @realDonaldTrump supporters upset that @tedcruz withheld his endorsement. I'm not. #RNCinCLE
Classic @tedcruz tonight in Cleveland. Loved it. #RNCinCLE @GOPconvention #CruzCrew
Nobody at #RNCinCLE has the stones of @tedcruz - dude faced down the crowd and told voters to vote their conscience- didn't endorse Trump.
Ted Cruz didn't have the decency to stay home...He should be ashamed of coming to someone's big party and being so rude

Donald Trump, for his part, said afterwards that he knew Cruz was not going to endorse him, but decided to let the speech happen regardless. 

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


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