Convention crowd boos Ted Cruz after refusal to endorse Donald Trump

Mr. Ted Cruz
Mr. Ted Cruz

{BNN Online/CLEVELAND, Ohio} – Former U.S. presidential candidate and rival of Donald Trump was booed off stage after addressing the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday night.

Cruz, who at the outset congratulated Trump on becoming the Republican nominee, said nothing else about him, in fact didn’t mention his name again throughout his speech.

“I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night,” he said in his opening remarks. “And like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November.”

Spurred on the by the crowd to endorse Trump, or at least say he would vote for him as the speech went on, Cruz remained uncommitted. To chants of “We want Trump,” particularly from the New York delegation, Cruz acknowledged the gesture but failed to budge.

“America is more than just a land mass between two oceans. America is an idea, a simple yet powerful idea, freedom matters,” he told the crowd which gave him a voluminous and sustained ovation as he came to the stage.

“For much of human history, government power has been the unavoidable constant in life, government decrees, and the people obey. Not here. We have no king or queen. No dictator. We the People constrain government.”

“Our nation is exceptional because it was built on the five most powerful words in the English language: I want to be free,” the Texas senator added.

Like previous speakers he took issue with President Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“On education, your freedom to choose your child’s education, even if you aren’t as rich as Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.,” he said. “On healthcare, your freedom to choose your own doctor, without Obamacare. On taxes, your freedom to provide for your family without the IRS beating down your door.”

With the crowd chanting “We want Trump,” Cruz responded: “We deserve an immigration system that puts America first. And yes, builds a wall to keep America safe,” referring to the controversial wall Mr Trump plans to build to seal the United States off from Mexico.

Mr Trump’s children, who had earlier been standing and cheering previous speakers, sat throughout the senator’s speech solemn-faced and only occasionally clapping politely.

Towards the end of his speech Cruz urged voters to “vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

At the end of the speech he waved to the crowd and left the stage as the crowd loudly booed him for being the only speaker at the Convention not to endorse Trump.

RNC officials are reportedly outraged at the snub to their nominee.

Trump did not comment. He entered the convention hall as the Cruz address came to an end, and joined his children. Some commentators suggested he was trying to upstage Cruz by entering the hall at the time, although another vie would be that he more likely waited until the end of the speech – so as not to upstage him. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.