Donald Trump late Wednesday reacted to Ted Cruz’s speech earlier that night to the Republican National Convention that earned the Texas senator boos from the crowd when he declined to endorse Trump.
“Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge!” Trump tweeted. “I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!”
Cruz earned the ire of the convention’s delegates – and of Trump, who arrived toward the end of the speech – when he did not endorse the real-estate mogul during a prime-time speech and told the crowd that it should vote its “conscience,” a not-so-subtle dig at Trump.
Cruz’s remarks, and the subsequent backlash, amounted to an extraordinary moment in a convention that was meant to unify the party ahead of a November general-election matchup with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Instead, the Cruz speech outshone later remarks from Mike Pence, the Indiana governor whom Trump selected last week to be his running mate. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, appearing two speaking slots after Cruz, was forced to attempt to clean up some of the Texas senator’s remarks.
Cruz’s speech earned rebukes from several prominent Republicans and conservative figures. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told CNN that Cruz was “selfish.” Prominent conservative link aggregator Matt Drudge claimed the remarks had condemned Cruz to “Republican hell.”