Cruz Faces Delegates: I’m Won’t Be A Servile Puppy Dog Or Back Man Who Trashed My Family [VIDEO]

The Hill reports:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday morning defended distancing himself from Donald Trump, refusing to say he’s voting for Trump and ripping the Republican National Convention’s response to his speech the night before.

Speaking to Texas’s delegation at the convention at a Thursday breakfast, Cruz said his pledge to support the GOP’s eventual nominee was “abrogated” when the campaign between Trump and him became personal.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he said. Cruz got a standing ovation as he entered the room, but also faced jeers and shouting from his home-state delegation. Some chanted Trump’s name and yelled that Cruz should get behind the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“The party has spoken,” one guest shouted. “Do you realize that you can unite this party like no one in this party, even more then our candidate?” another said. “I will have to confess, what you said would be easy to do,” Cruz replied. “Whether you want me to or not, I am not going to lie to you.”

  • Carl

    Trump said his wife is ugly and his dad killed JFK. Not sure why Ted even showed up.

    • Mike C

      Hindsight is 2020.

    • Lakeview Bob

      He showed up to promote himself and become the leader of the rethuglicans after tRUMP loses the election. And also most importantly to fund raise.

      • Blake Jordan

        That was his intent, but he has probably ended his political career instead…

        • Chucktech

          BONUS!

        • Michael Rush

          One move in chess rarely used is to throw the entire board on the ground .

          • bkmn

            And take a crap on it in public.

        • Mike__in_Houston

          God, I hope you’re right. I thought the same of Palin after she made a complete fool of herself during the 2008 election and many times since, and it still hasn’t happened.

          • Paul

            Technically, it has, Mike. Palin’s only popular with the FOX News crowd, and even they’re starting to tire of her. No one in the mainstream thinks she has any credibility.

      • j.martindale

        He did what Rockefeller did to Goldwater. Rockefeller never recovered after that.

      • Adam King

        To get attention.

    • Rex

      To bury the hatchet.
      In Trump’s back.

    • BobSF_94117

      To make a show of “standing up for his family”.

    • Reagan 1976. That’s why he showed up. Most of the 76 GOP delegates realized after Reagan’s speech that they had backed the wrong horse but it was too late. I think that’s what he thought. But Reagan had charm and charisma. Cruz comes off as the mean-spirited douche he is. I think his stunt backfired on him. His only hope in 2020 was to add Trump’s supporters to his own. That combo would be unstoppable in the primaries. but he just pissed them off because he is too infantile to play the long game.

      I hope he’s done in politics. I hate that fucker. (Note: he’s my senator.)

      • David Walker

        Next time he runs, there should be a grass movement to dump him much as we did in PA with Santorum. It felt soooooooooooo good.

        • clay

          Not just grass-roots, McConnell’s Senate Reelection Fund will suddenly find its funds are needed elsewhere. I’m certain that the RNC will actively recruit persons to primary him.

        • He may well face a primary challenger in 2018, but it will be someone just as bad. No Democrat is going to win a senate seat in Texas any time soon.

    • David Walker

      And your manservant dresses you funny.

  • Michael Smith

    I’ll say this for Cruz, He’s a huge asshole, but at least he has more of a backbone than eighty percent of his fellow Republicans.

    • Butch

      You beat me. I still think he’s a neckless lizard but at least he showed some spine, unlike Ryan.

      • bkmn

        Holier than thou Tony Duggar PerKKKins was a Trumpthumper, has he issued any statements today?

        • zhera

          I think he might have swallowed his tongue.

          Think, wish, think, wish.

      • Capritaur

        Blobfish is a vertebrate, after all.

    • zhera

      I was expecting Christie to do something like this, but he bent over instead.
      Even though Cruz did this because of future campaigning, I can respect the move. Also, it’s delicious. ;D

      • Steven Leahy

        Christie was very critical of Cruz on this morning’s news shows.

        • GayOldLady

          There’s no where else for Christie to go, except maybe the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

          • GayOldLady
          • TuuxKabin

            Much better than your previous gif of those two cats going at it so very awfully.

          • GayOldLady

            That was bitter, wasn’t it? I have an old cat that swats around my young cat from time to time, but it never gets that bitter.

          • TuuxKabin

            Yes, terribly bitter, upsettled me so. Hate to see ’em do that. Luckily, our Norma and Itty Rodham Bitty were gentle with each other, tho Norma tended to have quite an attitude. Wish we had a photo in our picasa 3 library of them but we don’t. Got goats and our dogs, but none of those two terrible beauties.

          • GayOldLady

            Oh, I’m sorry darlin. It just so reminded me of Trump vs. Cruz.

          • TuuxKabin

            Oh, don’t even think about it, life is what it is, and a couple of kitties having a fight is the least of it. I ‘got it’, that it represented Drumpf and Crude, and it was Hillaryously appropriate. I was, basically, feigning my upsettledness to get a note from you to help put another ‘spin’ on the day.

          • GayOldLady

            You never need to feign. Just burst into conversation. We spent all day yesterday with a 1 and an 8 year old at Chuck E Cheese. If you’ve never been let me tell you it’s a nightclub for children. Totally wild, kids running in all directions. Screaming and yelling. They even have a floor show and a person dressed up like Chuck E Cheese roams the crowd throwing prize tickets into the air while the children are on the ground trying to score as many tickets as possible. It’s an adults worst nightmare, but I do it because I love them. So, today I’m longing for adult company and conversation to clear my mind. 🙂

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you for the open invitation! I always thought Chuck E. Cheese was an urban legend. Living in NYC can be isolating as much as it’s suppose to be the center of wha’ ev’s. It’s good for the kids to get out and release all that energy and be crazy, I enjoyed helping my sister with her five boys. Iit was more out door activities, riding bikes, swimming, camping phutzin’ in the garden. So long ago. They’re all grown with their own children who are also grown. I enjoy the friends I have who have grown children and grandchildren now. We get invited to activities and it’s fun to see how they entertain themselves these days, when they don’t have their faces turned down, staring into their Androids. One friend’s daughter is due any minute now with her second child. When she was born, friend called me at summer camp, where I was working, to tell me she and husband had their first born. July 28. Jackie O’s birthday. That was 1976. One of the enjoyable things here at Joe’s Place is the conversations to clear our minds and provide a diversion from the daily muck and mire. I pay too much attention to stuff I have no control over, then fret. I do enjoy copying memes and such then sending them on to friends around the country and elsewhere, always crediting JMG as my source so they don’t think I’m some kinda snark king in NYC. Did you watch the Lucian Rosso links Octavio posted yesterday? An Argentine ‘cutting edge’ kind of performer. He has a young girl in one of his video who appears to be who he may have gotten his schtick from. There’s loads of them on youtube. Luciano Rosso. Would love to see him in a cabaret. Hope you find more adult conversation as the day goes on. Always a lovely diversion visiting with you.

          • GayOldLady

            I missed Octavio’s comments yesterday. I need to go back and read yesterdays postings. I’m sure I would enjoy as much as you did. My lady is working PRN today so I’m left to my keyboard. Her regular shift is weekends 12/12 but she picks up quite a bit of PRN work during the week, especially in the Summer when the other nurses are taking vacation.

            I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in NYC where it’s go go, go 24/7. We live in a laid back area of the Southern U.S. and yesterday it was 97 degrees, humidity about 40%. Unless you’re in a pool or a lake, there’s not much you can do outside in this heat, especially at our age, so we decided to take a couple of the children, along with their mother, to Chuck E’s….By the time we left Chuck E’s yesterday afternoon I was wishing that it was an urban legend. 🙂

          • TuuxKabin

            Here’s a link, once you’re on Youtube’s site there’ll be more to view.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q_3TjVvSdQ

            I replied to Octavio about what a turn on the guy is. He’s an Argentine performer, obviously, and an acquaintance of el Squeeze (love that name). Octavio replied they saw him at a prestigious awards show or fund raiser and Luciano came in, barefoot, in an Armani suit, shirtless, made his way across the row of seats, climbed over the row to take the empty seat in the row in front of them. Octavio described him as ‘menacing, but in a good menacing way’. I replied ‘he could menace me anytime he wants’. Actually, the guy is too intense for anything more than a good jaw dropping entertaining evening, as I said in a cabaret, close setting.

            As much as NYC IS 24/7/365 and intense to the point of numbing, we live a quiet life. Upper West Side, blue bastion of the city, near Columbia U, Barnyard College and Jewish Theological Center. We have a twice a week farmers’ market, loads of international restaurants and bistros. We’ve been in the front studio apartment since ’95, then we bought the rear one, with a wee 11×14′ deck in ’97. so the top floor is ours / our’s? Just eight share holders in the coop, a former private family row house on a landmark block. The row of buildings across the street are rare examples of Beaux Artes architecture of residential structure rather than commercial or institutional. At the end of the block is the ‘mansion’ William Randolph Hearst built for Marion Davies when she was his mistress, who wasn’t? And at the corner, at Riverside Drive is a larger mansion that houses Opus Dei, the pope’s mafia. Another block over is Strauss Park, a lovely triangular shady park with a gorgeous granite statue, reclining over a small reflecting pool. The inscription behind/above it is a dedication to Ida and Isador Strauss, the founders of Macy’s and I think Gimbels. They went down on the Titanic and lived in this neighborhood. She would not get in the life boat without him. It’s a great neighborhood, lots of activity, but also very residential and lovely multi-cultural mix, unfortunately gradually being forced out by rising rents and some gentrification. And for convenience we’re a block away from the M60 NYC/MTA bus to LaGuardia. The starting point and terminus.

            We’re just about to get the ‘heat dome’ you’re experiencing, ‘dangerous’ heat and humidity, the city opens cooling centers during the day in libraries and school auditoriums for residents to seek some relief. We have an open invitation to a friend/neighbor without AC to shelter in place with us if the need arrives.

            You made me laugh, again, saying you wished that by the time you left Chuck E. Cheese it was an urban legend.

            Must be good being with a nurse. I think I mentioned I worked in long term care and the nurses were the tops! With the residents and staff as well. Was a comfort having them around all the working day.

            No pools or ponds or lakes ’round here to cool down in, and I’m not a germaphobe but with the increase of fresh water bacteria and parasites I would be very hesitant to dive in. Hell, the ocean even gives me second thoughts. See, I’ve gotten old and fearful of the fear we’re not suppose to fear. I always quote Pat Paulsen, ‘if we have nothing to fear, but fear itself, why bring it up’?

            Ah, you’re therapeutic to chat with.

          • GayOldLady

            Your neighborhood sounds lovely and you’re surrounded by so many historical homes and sites. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in such an exciting place, surrounded by so much to do, so much to see. As a child I always dreamed of living in a place like NYC or LA, but I made some decisions as a young woman that kept me firmly planted in the South. My neighborhood is somewhat rural. Deer and other wildlife move freely through my back yard. As a matter of fact I had a face to face meeting with a skunk while walking my dog a couple of nights ago. We have an acre lot that backs up to a lightly wooded area. I love the birds, chipmunks and squirrels. Even though I grew up in the City we moved to this rural area about 15 years ago to help care for my wife’s parents. We do have some lovely old Pre-Civil War Antebellum Mansions nearby, they’re both beautiful and depressing because many of them still have the slave quarters. Before I retired I worked with a man who lived in one of the Mansions. He had been raised by a “mammy” who still lived on the property in the renovated slave quarters. I visited his home on one occasion. The first level of his home looked exactly as it did during the Civil War. His family had preserved it as a family museum. Furniture, rugs, paintings, piano all supposedly as they were during the Civil War. The second floor of the home was a completely remodeled living quarters. You’d never know that one floor below was an intact family Civil War home/museum. I found it all too weird and it was very haunting to think that slave holders and slave walked on the very same floors that we were walking on. The South has such an ugly shameful past that I don’t know why anyone wants to preserve it.

          • TuuxKabin

            That sounds lovely and bucolic, as they say . . . which always reminds me of ‘colic’. Being surrounded by nature, I’ve been told, enhances and extends a life. We, well I tried it for a year, up NYState, near the Massachusetts border, the Western Berkshires. Got a big ol’ guard dog, Garret, two goats to keep him busy since his breed, Kuvasz, is herder/guard by nature. It was one of the heaviest snowy winters and the isolation suited me. The snow came up to the windows, so I’d let Garret in and out thru the window. El husbian, born and raised (cute Irish boy from the Bronx) was not keen on country living so we gave it up. Garret and goats went to a friend with lots of critters, we sold it, I returned to the city and we bought the rear apartment I mentioned. I inherited the house the year before occupying it. There was a semi-formal garden to maintain, and an acre of mowed paths thru a meadow, ancient apple orchard. A lot of maintenance and expense. So the trade off was cool, to sell and return to the city, and I looked at the year there as a year of rehab/withdrawal from the city.

            I’ve always romanticized the south, tho slavery and the built in white power with the inbred rules and regulations where everyone has a place in the hierarchy of family, community status and so many dance steps to go thru, puzzled me. I mean, just to exist among what should be peers seemed so complicated. All that etiquet. I perceived the genteel facade as ‘polite society’, then reading southern writers opened my eyes, with “The Help” being the latest to confirm how life was, and continues to be if ‘folks’ don’t get enlightened and learn some empathy.

            The house and man you describe sound like writing material, historically significant. As children, 3 of us, we had a baby sitter from the deep south, part of the dust bowl migration era when southern blacks moved to the SFBay area to work the shipyards, as my parents did. When I started grade school, Catholic, the nuns wanted to send me to speech therapy because I spoke like ‘a black child’. I laughed when I learned that, then I grew to resent their closed mind set, because I remember how much I loved my Rosalie, who would take me back to her neighborhood so she could take care of her own family as well. That gave me the joy of learning another life different from my family’s. My parents were cool about it, being Mexican immigrants from revolution and turmoil, everyone had a struggle to just get by.

            I guess Rosalie influenced my initial perception of the south. I am grateful for her care to this day. She was wonderful.

            Bob and I have both lost our parents, his parents first in the 80’s, mine in late 90’s, and just six years or so ago, my mom died. We were fortunate that neither of us had to ‘take care’ of them in their last years, there was no lingering illness, except for my dad, in California, but it was brief, thankfully.

            A skunk encounter. Goodness. I’d freeze and try to look as non-threatening as possible. I do miss having a dog, or cat with us. We both do, but a dog, up and down five flights of stairs, two or three times a day is a burden, especially if we got a large dog, which we both enjoy. And a cat, well, I am no as keen on them as I used to be. Small space, enclosed like now, can get a bit too enclosed with a cat. So we look at pet videos and enjoy the various gifs from Joe’s Place, here.

            Appears we’re both . . . content with our lives and choice of partners. I know I am, grateful and full of appreciation for what I have. A long, long time ago my father told me, ‘you’re lucky. You have good friends, they like you, be good to them so you’ll always have them.’ I’ve tried to live by his sage advice ever since.

            Goodness, you get me on a roll. Bob asked, who’s that you’re writing to? I told him “GOL, we’ve been chatting all afternoon”. He smiled and nodded. I added, “she’s opened a few streams of consciousness”.

            But now I better give him some attention, he’s restless to do something around the house, we’re doing a bit of renovation in the front apartment, so I’d better see what his plan is.

            As always, a good feelin’ chatting with you. xo

          • GayOldLady

            Good chatting with you too!

      • clay

        Christie did a much milder version of this four years ago, and got spanked for it badly by the RNC elite.

    • you say patootie

      ” potato, potahto… let’s call the whole thing dreck”

    • Gerry Fisher

      IMO, real backbone will be: “I’m a Republican, and I’m voting for Clinton as a way to save our democracy for the fascist threat Trump poses. We Republicans should regroup, rethink our basic strategy, and try again in 4 years, because nominating Trump is not the answer.”

  • Falconlights

    Would that the LCRs would be that loyal to their family.

    • David F.

      Never happen. Money and daddy issues trump family.

      • Falconlights

        Of course.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    and unprincipled man with principles. who knew?

    • Gustav2

      None of his colleagues in the Senate or the House.

    • 2patricius2

      Or a crafty man who knows when to pull out the knives with which to slice away at his enemies. A conniving man who plays the long game. A man who must never be in power.

      • Craig Howell

        Word!

  • Chucktech

    Cruz said his pledge to support the GOP’s eventual nominee was “abrogated” when the campaign between Trump and him became personal.

    That’s not how pledges work, asshole…

    • Blake Jordan

      It is how it works for us, so let him have his re-definition this time!

    • Adam King

      Pledge leaves your fine wood furniture shiny and lemony-scented.

    • clay

      That’s how Trump thinks the US’s pledge to its NATO allies works.

      • Chucktech

        And ain’t THAT some scary shit??

  • Christopher

    “Whether you want me to or not, I am not going to lie to you.”

    “…this time, because it doesn’t serve my own interests.”

  • DH Esq

    “Servile puppy dog”? Where’s the ballerina speechwriter when she is needed most?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      What does this mean? Someone else brought it up too.

      • Rex

        If it means neutered, he should consider it.

  • David Milley

    This would play better if he hadn’t left his wife to face the mob …

    • Blake Jordan

      To who?

      • David Milley

        Good point.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    For what it’s worth, Sarah Palin described the Cruz speech as “career ending.” 🙂

    • Rex

      And she should know.

    • Dan

      Well girlfriend would know…

    • Stubenville

      Wait, word salad Sarah said something intelligible?

      • Bluto

        2 words, she had a 50-50 chance of getting them in the right order.

  • chris james

    You have to admit that Cruz didn’t lash out and call Donald a lying adulterer with a penchant for slutty blondes…although that would have been the truth.

  • Rex

    I experienced a brief moment of respect for Cruz, but it passed, thank god.

    • Treant

      I thought I did, but it was just gas.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      So did my recent kidney stone.

      • Craig Howell

        Ouch! Kidney stones are the Worst. Pain. Ever. Hope you’re just joking!

        • Stubenville

          Agreed; the nurse taking care of me in the ER when I passed mine said she had two kids and a kidney stone, and the pain of the latter was far worse. And for something the size of a Rice Krispie!

          • clay

            That faint *tink in the toilet is so nice.

          • Stubenville

            They had me catch it for analysis. No *tink* as it hit the coffee filter. (Well, the strainer looked like a Mellita #4 filter.)

          • clay

            I, like my mother, have very high pain tolerance. Didn’t realize I had a stone until it passed. I also lost a chunk of my left kidney the size of a 9 volt battery.

          • Stubenville

            Yikes!

            In my case no pain actually peeing out the little %^&*, but excruciating pain as it entered the urethra a few days earlier.

          • Treant

            My husband’s was that size, but jagged, and got stuck in the urethra. They had to go fishing.

            Mine passed quite easily, albeit painfully.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          It’s a curse I live with, unfortunately.

    • MarkOH

      I think it was all scripted. And planned. The GOP rulers know Trump will most likely lose the general election and they are distancing Cruz for 2020. And Trump coming in during the speech? Please. If the Trump supporters don’t think this was all orchestrated, they are stupider than I think (if that’s even possible).

      • Chucktech

        I don’t think that it was planned. This is yet another black eye for the Republicans at their own little shindig. It showcases how undisciplined, disorganized and un-united this dysfunctional disgrace of a party really is.

        • Mike__in_Houston

          Agreed. I don’t think anybody involved in the “planning” of the convention had a clue as to what was going on or what they were in for. There have already been a couple of major disasters, and it’s not over yet. The whole thing is turning out to be even worse (read “better’) than I had thought (read “hoped”).

          Second favorite moment of the convention so far, after the booing of Cruz last night: Somebody on CNN commented last night that her impression of Lyin’ Ryan’s a/k/a Eddie Munster’s speech the night before was that he was thinking, “I can’t wait until November 9 is over so we can start rebuilding this party.”

          • Chucktech

            Oh, GOD, you just KNOW, with all Ryan’s “I’m just not there yet” bullshit about endorsing Trump, that’s precisely what he was thinking.

        • MarkOH

          That’s possible. But Trumps entrance was no error. It was calculated by him. It’s his convention and he is running as he wants to. And will stick the city of Cleveland with the bills as he does so many independent contractors.

        • Queequeg

          And the brownshirts were ready to attack Heidi Cruz as she left the arena. No tolerance for opposing viewpoints in Trump’s Amerika.

      • That’s a dangerous game they’re playing though. I think the establishment is hoping that whatever Trump tapped into will disappear over the next four years. They are very wrong and anyone who didn’t show up at the convention or endorse “their” nominee is going to be toxic to over half the party. Huge mistake. (Schadenfreude.)

        • Paul

          It’s what I’ve been telling conservatives on Facebook discussions. “You think the alt-right is going to disappear on November 9? Think again. They’ll just start rebuilding from the ground up, running for city council, mayor, state senate, governor, Congress, etc.”

        • Yes. The dragon’s teeth are sown, and now the dragon has appeared. No going back.

      • Strepsi

        The irony being, of course, that in the end Cruz is more fascist and extreme, and less electable, than Trump!

        The GOP always learns the opposite of the lesson it should.

      • clay

        It’s the World Wide World of Wrestling of American politics?

        • OdieDenCO

          someone posted a “Lets get ready to rumble” gif at the start of last night’s festivities. I was lmao.

      • John Masters

        This was not the way to distance Ted for 2020. The best way to do that would have been for him to just stay away.

        If it is a plan, it was a bad one.

        • MarkOH

          It is a calculated risk. But Cruz is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

      • Queequeg

        You may have a valid point there. We’d better start campaigning for Hillary 2020.

      • Herald

        Ridiculous. Of course it wasn’t scripted or planned. Trump would never had allowed it.

        • MarkOH

          Nice snark there.

    • Smithbc

      Haha. Exactly what I was thinking. I know Cruz is doing this as a calculated move. But I’m with him (resisting throwing up right now). Trump called all his opponents childish names and now they are falling in line to say how great he is. It’s ridiculous.

  • Chucktech

    Well, ain’t that just so typical of Republican shits like Cruz. A thin skinned, whinny titty baby, bleating that Trump done sassed my pappy so fuck you.

    • douglas

      Dubya did that too (to Saddam) and it cost a couple trillion bucks and thousands of lives.

  • Alan43

    I’m surprised the Trump supporters are angry over this. I thought they wanted a candidate who “spoke his mind”. Well, Cruz did

    • Chucktech

      They want a candidate who speaks his mind if the mind thinks There’s too many queers and trannies and coloreds and mexakins in “Murikuh. That’s the kind of mind they want to speak.

      • Steven Leahy

        Cruz thinks all that too, he just polishes it up a lot better.

    • Rex

      They picked Trump so it’s obvious they don’t know what the hell they want.

  • douglas

    Come on America! It’s time to Dump the Trump and Lose the Cruz!!!

  • Blake Mason

    I am drunk with schadenfreude. So delicious.

  • Chucktech

    “Whether you want me to or not, I am not going to lie to you.”

    Oh, so NOW you’re gonna get all truthy on us… Jesus, what a colossal swine you are.

    • Stubenville

      You’re insulting swine. They have far more integrity than Ted.

  • D K

    What a principled man! Now let me & every other LGBT person get out from under the bus he threw us under to congratulate him.

  • douglas

    Let’s hope that enough people in Texas are pissed at him that Democrats can steal his Senate seat.

    • j.martindale

      It would hardly be theft.

    • Chucktech

      Now, now, let’s not let our imaginations run wild, this is still Texas we’re talking about.

    • Craig Howell

      In the immortal words of Margaret Hamilton: “All in good time, my sweet, all in good time!”

    • Ceann Eltigh

      I already have a line prepared for the next time I see my crud-supporting, rabid right-wing, ammosexual relatives – I see cruz is helping Hillary take your guns away.

  • BobSF_94117

    “…I am not going to lie to you this time.”

  • Rebecca Gardner

    The GOP is completely lost. This is so much fun to watch.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Right? We all knew this week’s convention was going to be different, but so far it’s been a level of hilarity beyond.

  • Gustav2

    Maybe Cruz is on to something:

    Among Hispanic REPUBLICANS, Trump polled at 60 percent in unfavorability, worse than Democratic candidates Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

    “Those are historic numbers,” said Florida-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. “He should be very concerned, especially in a swing state like Florida with significant numbers of Latino voters.”

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/05/31/latino-republicans-spurn-donald-trump-plan-leave-presidential-ballot-blank/Xn7b5TS0I5MKy0hRQ0VHEI/story.html

  • But Ted, honey, you gotta admit that a lot of those truly nasty things Donnie said about you were…. you know…… stingingly factual.

  • Gigi

    I’d say that I have a grudging respect for his decision if I thought that he refused to support Trump for the reasons he stated, but I don’t. So I won’t. He wants to be POTUS and thinks that this will pave his way to the White House. Sadly for him, it won’t. Even more people hate him now than ever before.

  • John T

    Watching Ted Cruz try to build himself up as a principled Rebel Hero is just hilarious. I wonder if anyone’s buying it.

    • Gigi

      Not even his wife buys it.

      • Paula

        No sex for Ted for another 4 years.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Well at least he has taken the heat off Melanoma!

  • Rex

    At least Kasich had the sense to stay out of the convention all together.

    • Adam King

      “Kasich…had…sense…” Does not compute.

      • Reality.Bites

        In a land of single digit IQs the double digit man is king

    • Gustav2

      That’s the problem, Sen Cruz makes Gov Kasich look reasonable.

      • clay

        and there you have the GOP finalists for 2020.

  • JustSayin’

    More like this needs to hapoen..cruz is a nutjob but this action is good for democrats

  • bkmn

    I saw on TPM that Sheldon Adelson had invited Cruz to his suite but refused him entry after his non-endorsement. There goes one sugar daddy for the 2020 run.

  • Lazycrockett
    • PickyPecker

      Hmmm. not showing up for me.

      • Lazycrockett

        me either. I dont know whats up.

        • PickyPecker

          what type of post was it? tweet recap, gif?

          • Lazycrockett

            twitter post. This started happening last night during the convention. Becca also was having issues.

          • PickyPecker

            sounds like perhaps disqus is having a platform supporting issue.

          • Lazycrockett

            Well I cleared browser history, rebooted, reloaded browser etc….So I don’t think it on my end.

          • PickyPecker

            I’m clean too, so far as I know.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Don’t mess with your system. This is a problem affecting many people.

          • Lazycrockett

            good to know. I tend to go down the “whats wrong with my computer” spiral.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Never go down that rabbit hole!
            If it works, don’t “fix” it!
            (A lesson learned the hard way.)

          • Hue-Man

            You must be following some really bad instructions!

            Someone last night suggested posting a broken link. Copy the link into Disqus then put spaces into the address so Disqus can’t figure out that it’s a tweet. Once the broken link is visible, anyone can copy and past into their browser and fix it or Google it. (And maybe some tech-type can figure out why it’s not posting.)

    • TK

      disqus is having twitter issues since yesterday

      I’m blaming #freemilo

  • Stubenville

    Dear Ted – someone with integrity wouldn’t have misled the convention organizers by accepting a speaking position then insulting the party choice. At very least someone with integrity would have made their intentions known and accepted the withdrawal of the invitation (assuming that happened.) In a nutshell, you’re a self-serving sneak.

    • bkmn

      Trump knew what he was going to say 2 hours ahead of time and let him go on anyway. If that doesn’t prove what a moron Trump is…

      • Stubenville

        While Trump said that, I don’t believe it.

        • bkmn

          No. Its their first circus.

        • RoFaWh

          Before Trump appeared in the guise of a candidate for the Presidency, I gave him much thought. Now, after months of reading his insanities, I have concluded that the one word that best describes him is “crook”. Why this isn’t blindingly obvious to everyone with even a scintilla of wisdom, I do not understand.

          “has a scintilla of wisdom” – “knows to come in out of a shower of rain”

      • Lazycrockett

        He loves the chaos, think bout that.

      • Rex

        More like Trump is taking delight in the Cruz bashing.
        Donald loves that people defend him, it’s all about Trump’s ego.

        • Rex

          Matt Lauer interviewed Trump and asked him what he wanted out of the convention – Trump said that he wanted people to like him.
          That’s it, just like him, no better understanding of his positions and policy.
          No defining what his presidency will do, just so that people like him.

          • Chucktech

            Trump doesn’t have a clue about any of that stuff. Trump has people for that stuff. Great people.

          • RoFaWh

            Trump’s campaign has very successfully turned innumerable people formerly indifferent to him into people who intensely dislike him.

            Not quite the intended effect!

            Incidentally, the question comes to mind, Why isn’t trump aware of this? The probable answer is because he surrounds himself with yes-men who keep bad news away from His Orangeity. They won’t let him know that while about a third of the population is deliriously happy with him, the other two thirds detest him beyond words.

            For more on yes-men, in the thirties movie business, read P. G. Wodehouse

  • Ninja0980

    Sorry, I don’t have any new found respect for Ted Cruz after last night.
    He can spew all kind of venom against other people but heaven forbid it’s done to him.

  • Rex

    I’m just wondering, if the situation were reversed, if Cruz got the nomination and Trump did this, what would the GOP say?

    • Adam King

      If Trump has lost he wouldn’t have been at the convention–he’d be off on some other idiotic attention-grabbing scheme.

  • Paula

    You tell ’em, Ted!!! The only thing better is if you had flipped them the bird at the end. This is tooooo good. I think that Attorney General slot won’t be coming Ted’s way.

  • Steven Leahy

    Anybody had to know this wouldn’t have gone well from any angle. This is what happens when you put a bunch of vile, self serving backstabbers together. I’d normally defend someone for standing up for his wife, but with Cruz, no way.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Teabagger choked on his own teabag.
    LOL !

  • delk

    Good for him. Who cares why he did it or that he is a man I would do everything in my power to see defeated, he did what people say they like about Trump. He said it like it is, he’s saying what needs to be said.

    • Adam King

      At least some of what needs to be said. Not even the important parts, just the self-serving ones.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Facts? Who said anything about facts?

  • GayOldLady
    • TuuxKabin

      oh that’s terrible. cats’ nature, but terrible. i’ve saved it into my gif file for further use. thank you. xo

  • Blake Mason

    Is it still Clinton’s election to lose?

  • TK

    I love this pic

  • HZ81

    I almost buckled over in laughter at this speech and Q&A this morning. Such a doof.

    But last night’s Ted Wedding was awesome.

  • Sean

    Adolf Trump’s brownshirts are not happy that Raphael Edward Cruz refused to bow down to das Fuhrer. Eh they never fully supported him anyway because he’s a shade off from their Aryan “ideal”. A servile puppy dog is exactly what they think he is.

  • KnownDonorDad

    It’s hard when you think you’re literally God’s gift to politics and you don’t get nominated.

  • motordog

    I always felt one of the main problems of our political system is that we’re all expected to worship the person we’re backing…act like they’re incapable of doing wrong. Shouldn’t a leader’s staunchest supports also be their biggest critics? I mean, a candidate really doesn’t need to pander to his opponents…he/she’s already lost those votes…but those who want to see him/her in office SHOULD be the one’s asking difficult questions and bringing their candidate to task for any perceived impropriety. Teabaggers used to be fond of calling Obama’s backers ‘koolaid drinkers’…how are they ANY different? Question your leaders, don’t kiss their asses…

  • olandp

    I guessing Don the con also goes by Herbert Speneckie?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v75wCTMZoSY

  • Ben in Oakland

    But Ted, you DID lie. And you found an “excuse” for doing so,

    TrusTED or busTED.

    • PickyPecker

      asphyxiaTED

      • PickyPecker

        emasculaTED

  • Steven Leahy

    With the “vote your conscience” comment, Cruz essentially told them NOT to vote for Trump. With as ugly as the primary season was, and the bad blood between these two, not sure what the RNC was thinking in asking Cruz to speak.

    • Gustav2

      The RNC didn’t make the decision, The von Trump Family Singers and Manafort did.

      • Steven Leahy

        Well whoever, was a dumb move! Or actually maybe a very calculated one on Trump’s part 😈

    • David Walker

      Sort like Brutus allowing Mark Antony to speak re: Julius Caesar’s assassination. But one line would have to change: rather than “they are all, all honorable men” it would have to “we are all…”. Crud is not getting off that easily.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Erick Erickson says one source told him that Trump’s campaign saw Cruz’s speech beforehand and knew what he was going to do but let him go on stage anyways. Which for any other campaign seems incredibly incompetent, but given everything that we’ve seen from the Trump campaign it’s believable.

  • I’m enjoying the hell out of this one. I’m doing my happy dance inside.

    I understand why he won’t endorse Trump, but he shouldn’t have said he was going to if he wasn’t planning on it. Would the DNC be letting Bernie speak next week if he hadn’t already endorse Clinton? (I suspect not.)

    • Gustav2

      Only one source all day said Cruz was going to endorse, the Trumps had the speech beforehand and there was no endorsement.

      • The_Wretched

        I’m torn between the Trumps being just that stupid and Trumps being sort of smart in knowing that a non-endorsing Cruz looks egomanical (ups a Cruz negative).

        • SoCalGal20

          Oh I think they let Cruz go out there to say what he wanted because they expected they could play the “betrayal” for all it was worth and make Drumpf look sympathetic and gracious for 5 minutes. I’m a liitle surprised nobody has called Cruz Judas yet (that I’ve heard).

          This is like some WWE cage match setup lol.

  • Stubenville

    This schadenfreude is delicious. More please?

    • William

      Don’t fill up, there’s four months to go.

  • GayOldLady

    And Sheldon Adelson threw Ted Cruz out of his After Party last night. I’m guessing it looked something like this

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/3690623/slap-happy-moe-o.gif

    • Lumpy Gaga

      No. I would do Curly.

      • Stubenville

        “Certainly, Whoop, Whoop, Whoop, Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk…

  • Acronym Jim

    “Do you realize that you can unite this party like no one in this party, even more then [SIC] our candidate?”

    Doesn’t that tell you something about your candidate?

  • for a national level pol, Crooze is pretty young. there is a chance we’ll see him again. i really hope we do not.

    i think drumpf is going to go down in flames. i could be wrong. my opinion changes daily. the aside is that ooze here thinks he still matters. maybe he does. maybe not. his message seems terribly Yesterday, and by that i meant the funerals his supporters must go to weekly. jeebus is love, yo. jeebus hates you and wants you to hit and kill people you don’t like? not a growing trend, as we say here in the Future.

    people like cruz are working the money. he’s the biggest voice they will find to say “no drumpf.” everybody else is a coward waiting to see what happens next. in the end all of them are stressing about the gravy train. a drumpf admin could mean very bad things for so many of them, heh. (not that i want the Orange Julius Caesar wannabe as preznit, ever)

    • William

      Samantha Bee’s special last night included interviews with the folks of Pennsatucky. Those knuckledraggers were all supporting Trump and would never vote for Hillary.

  • Mike in Texas

    I just hope all the oh-so-shocked, so very very shocked Texas Republicans remember this next time Cruz is up for election.

    • David Walker

      Santorum him. Either grass roots or the Democrats should start now.

      • SoCalGal20

        Bernie needs to get his GOTV group going ASAP.

    • coram nobis

      Who are the Texas Republicans going to elect in his place? Dan Patrick? Louie Gohmert? Rick Perry? Blake “Ducky Pajamas” Farenthold? Their whole menagerie is a bit much.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Tinky Winky!

  • 1Truth1

    “We are not going to win… (Long pause)…..

    He should have ended his statement right there.

  • SoCalVet

    That really woke me up with a bang when I turned CNN on and saw this today. That was great. Loved what Cruz said, and I never ever thought I would say that!

  • Paula

    Trump knew what Cruz was going to say. He let Cruz say it to damage his own career.

    • William

      I would hope for his resignation, but then Abbott would be appointing his replacement.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      You’re crediting Trump with too much forethought and cunning. He likely thought he had Cruz under his thumb like all the others.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    I honestly HATE HATE HATE taking despicable, disgusting Teddy’s side on anything. This one time, though, he is absolutely right in telling Trump to fuck off (though he can fuck off as well). Everyone has been letting Trump get away with too much terrible Roy Cohn-ish crap. We can just hope this betrayal is a spark into the kindling beneath the GOP powder keg. Did I mention Cruz can still fuck off too?

    • clay

      Oddly, Cruz and Lindseybelle are the only ones showing any leadership– taking an actual stand when everyone else just lets things happen. Who knew Lindseybelle wanted control?

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Kasich is a neutral on this, but there is something there. This is his state. He’s out on business, with family, or getting a mani pedi for all I care but his absence is notable.

        • clay

          He’s not completely absent– he’s been having breakfast meetings with delegations from large battle-ground states. He’s building for 2020, just in a way that doesn’t piss of the RNC.

      • Christopher Smith

        Now, now, don’t get excited, Clay. Miss Lindseybelle only wants *political* control. You know she’s one thousand percent bottom. 🙂

        • clay

          she’s bossy

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he said.

    I yawned through this drama night-of, but I have to say, Blobfish Cruz expresses a pointed reality here about the state of the current party, even if he’s lying through his teeth. It’s a “man up” challenge which, while self-serving, would actually serve the party well over the next four months.

  • Natty Enquirer

    No surprises here. Cruz is the poster child for sore losers.

  • The_Wretched

    Why does Cruz look like he had a in hotel room buzz cut to the 1.5 guard all over same length in the lower clip?

    • clay

      Too. Much. Product.

  • dafs

    “Do you realize that you can unite this party like no one in this party, even more then our candidate?”

    That’s fucking pathetic.

    • clay

      But true. The RNC were hoping for his campaign volunteers. They’ve got precious few of their own, Trump’s done NOTHING at the states level, and it they’re relying on “new” (inexperienced, thinly motivated) converts, their get-out-the-vote efforts are gonna SUCK!

      • The_Wretched

        I hopeful it’ll mean down ticket losses for the republicans.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “What’s all this fuss I keep hearing about wedges?”

    • William

      I read that in Emily Litella’s voice.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Then I have done well. But seriously, what IS this I keep hearing about pledges?

  • Michael Hampton

    I don’t blame him. For that.

  • The_Wretched

    “we are at the edge of a precipice; We’re about to lose the greatest country” – Cruz 2nd vid @ 2 minutes.

    Right, and the republicans are behind the wheel with their foot on the gas. It’s not the dems ‘repealing’ passed law 70+ times and refusing to appoint judges and other positions in the fedgov.

  • JT

    So, how many schismatics do we have now?

    • clay

      Paul Ryan came close.

    • TrollopeReader

      enough to re-start the Inquisition !

  • oikos

    Two cannibals fighting over who gets to eat the anus.

  • thatotherjean

    Well, I’ll be damned. I never thought there could be anything for which I could admire Ted Cruz. About this one thing, and only this one thing, I was wrong.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I don’t admire him in the slightest. I think he is a self-serving son-of-a-bitch, and I hope that all the people who say that he has now torpedoed his career are correct. I hope it is no more and no less than history repeating itself:

      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/rockefellers-campaign/

      • thatotherjean

        Well, yes. I recognize that his intention was to garner support for another run at the Presidency in 2020, and I’m delighted that it seems to have backfired with the Republican right-right-right wing and turned his political (does he have any other?) career to dust. But I still admire him for refusing to kowtow to the man who trashed his wife and family–and only for that.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Ted has the BEST enemies.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Ha-Ha-Ha Ted. I predicted, and I was an early predictor on Joe My God, I predicted Trump was going to take the nomination.

    Ted Cruz can go suck rotten eggs, he is a guy who makes my skin crawl, I would rather Trump (God forbid) as president than Cruz. I hope all your people in Texas hate you Cruz, you are a snake and people are seeing it.
    #ByeFelicia

  • Mark

    “but he made fun of my daddy!” What he means is that getting his daddy to say “gawd almiiiiiighty hisself has chosen teddy” – backfired. And today Teddy’s going to roll this up and re-shape it into whatever he can to make it all about him, him, him. He knew damned good and well the reaction he hoped for – and he got it.

    Fuck you Teddy – you’re a piece of shit no matter which way you roll.

  • Cruz to English translation: “If you won’t play by my rules, and let me win, I’m taking my ball home!”

  • Baby Dave

    This isn’t an election. This is a Benny Hill episode being performed by terrible stage actors

    • William

      Needs more fast motion.

      • Baby Dave

        better music, too

  • The Milkman

    He’s disgusting. I can’t even bear to listen to him speak. I would rather listen to a loop of W saying “heck of a job, Brownie” than to listen to Cruz say pretty much anything. He’s a smarmy tent revival preacher.

    And not even he can stand Trump.

    • coram nobis

      Well, that’s one thing. If Cruz had won the nomination we would have had to listen to that screeching-parrot voice for another three months.

  • Daniel Leyva

    Cruz is an asshole, and we all know it. All that said, he seems to be a man of integrity. He is true to the awful things he believes and refuses to be Trump’s bitch. Some perspective…

    • NO MORE GOP!

      I wouldn’t go so far as to claim he has any integrity.

      • Daniel Leyva

        Well, I’m just reacting to the fact that he has stayed true to his distorted beliefs.

  • bob

    Come on , you didn’t laugh a little when trump put that mean pic of Heidi next to mel’s glamour pic ! lol

  • Octavio

    I dunno. I’ve always thought the word servile suited this ass wipe perfectly, along with similar words that rhyme (vile, bile, revile, projectile, necrophile . . . etc).

    • coram nobis

      How about “reptile”.

  • Awww … wittle Teddy got his feeling hurt.

    Boo hoo hoo.

    Repuglycans = the party of infantile crybabies

  • Queequeg

    I never thought I’d say this, but good for Cruz.

  • coram nobis

    Well, it does suggest that, if you bash people too hard in the primaries, don’t expect their eager support after your nomination. Li’l Marco videoed in his speech, Kasich is finding somewhere else to be, and Christie and the other ex-candidates are phonying it in, saying what they have to and probably won’t be too visible after that.

    I can’t blame ol’ Ted for this. It’s a combination of personal affront and religious angst: Ted thought Jee-sus had anointed him and now the party has nominated the Golden Calf.

  • I was wondering if there’d be any Republicans who’d pay Trump back for Trump’s often truly vile behavior during the primaries. Nearly all of them just rolled over and bared their throats to him. Chris Christie in particular displayed all the hallmarks of a thoroughly broken man, a bully submitting to an alpha bully and apparently unaware of the repeated public humiliations the rest of us were witnessing.

    Trump is obviously mentally ill, pathologically narcissistic. Just as he has been feeding on the attention of the crowds at his rallies and the press, he also craves the abject surrender of his competitors and enemies. It even appears he wants that even more than the other things — hence when he feels he’s been slighted in the least, Trump throws a tantrum.

    Anyway, I’m just glad to see more GOP disarray.

  • Ray Butlers

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend…for now.

  • Rusty Redfield

    So it seems that he’s written off the 2016 election and is positioning himself as what the Republican Party will no doubt call a “voice of reason” in 2020. Once Trump loses the 2016 election in a dramatic dumpster fire blowout, that is. Really, I think that’s exceptionally cold-blooded even for a right-wing politician.

  • greenmanTN

    He’s hoping to be the replacement choice, but but if the unholy event takes place I’d rather Trump be there than Cruz. He isn’t just religious, he’s psychotic.

  • Cboulder

    Good for Ted, A gentleman’s agreement is null and void when a certain pumpkin head pulls that shit with the private jet without even needing to bring up his wife and father.

  • JCF

    Cruud, stop making me have a scintilla of respect for you!

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I know right! I can’t believe he actually had the guts to do that!

  • andrew

    If someone trashed my spouse and insinuated that my father was involved in the assassination of JFK, the least thing he would have to worry about is that I wouldn’t support his nomination for president.