Trump: I Knew But I Let Ted Cruz Speak Anyway

From the New York Post:

Donald Trump is reacting to Ted Cruz’s convention speech, saying the address that drew loud boos Wednesday at the Republican National Convention was “No big deal!”

Trump says on Twitter that Cruz “didn’t honor” the pledge that Republican primary candidates had made to support the eventual GOP nominee.

Trump says he saw Cruz’s speech two hours early “but let him speak anyway.”

Cruz aides said the Texas senator informed Trump on Monday that he wouldn’t endorse him. He urged convention attendees to “vote your conscience” and never endorsed Trump in his 20-plus minute speech.

Some are wondering if Trump could have actually blocked Cruz from speaking in the first place. The non-endorsement is a huge embarrassment for Breitbart, whose “insider scoop” that Cruz would endorse got wide notice.

  • Eric Lewis

    Make it stop.

  • Michael Rush

    Just a ” me me me ” move by Cruz on what should
    have been ” me me me ” Trump’s night.

  • Gustav2

    Sen Cruz accomplished what no one has ever done before.

    He made Republicans feel sorry for Donnie Trump.

  • shellback

    This is not the face of someone who knew what was coming.

    • octobercountry

      This is such a fantastic photo! The one on the left reminds me of Blonde Cher from “Game of Thrones.”

      • Acronym Jim

        Really? Put her in a Sparrows burka and wimple and she’s the spiting (spelling intended) image of Sister Linebacker.

        • Harley

          If Trump loses can we parade him naked thru the streets of NewYorkwith someone in the sparrow burka with a bell chanting “shame, shame, shame”. That would be worth watching

          • Acronym Jim

            Bad idea. That would be a blow to the food and beverage industry.

    • octobercountry

      And of course, people are having fun with this photo—this is one of my favourite variations, which was posted here on JMG last night:

    • lattebud

      If you look at the full picture, is that Kim Bondi in the second row on the right hand side giggling?

      • John30013

        It’s Pam Bondi, but yes, that looks like her.

        • lattebud

          Thank you for the correction… She reminded me of Kim Kardashian

          • John30013

            It’s easy to get confused by all the stupid bimbos out there….

          • lattebud

            Are you talking about me??? LOL

          • John30013

            I think I’ll need an “in-person” interview to be certain… 😉

          • Heh, close enough.

    • clay

      Either the tweet is a lie, or last night’s reactions were a lie. Either way, Trump lies.

      • Steverino

        Trump lies like the rug on his head.

      • Marides48

        Tell us something we don’t know.

      • John30013

        Well, the tweet says Trump saw Cruz’ speech (presumably the printed version), but my understanding is that Cruz went “off script”, so the printed version would not have indicated that he wasn’t going to endorse Trump.

        So once again this is Trump being “careful” with language and saying one thing while implying something different.

        • clay

          Do you notice how Trump repeatedly says he’s “seen” things rather than “read” things? Yeah, me too.

        • Melina Maples Granger

          As I understood it, Cruz told him days ago he was not endorsing him.

    • The_Wretched

      Far right daughter looks like she has FAS.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      hehehehehehehe

  • GayOldLady

    “The non-endorsement is a huge embarrassment for Breitbart, whose “insider scoop” that Cruz would endorse got wide notice.”

    Does Breitbart ever have a scoop that turns out to be true?

    As for Cruz, as he left the stage last night he got an enormous dose of
    his own medicine, HATE. The GOP is melting, melting, melting.

  • Rex

    TrusTed is over.
    Now it’s BooTed

    • margaretpoa

      Nice!

    • GayOldLady

      And BusTed!

    • Boy Elvis

      What more need be said?

  • margaretpoa

    The best news out of this is that Cruz probably ended any possibility of ever getting nominated as the Presidential candidate of the Republican Party. And he scares me more than Trump does!

  • Todd20036

    Trump lied. If he knew Cruz wasn’t going to endorse him, he’d never let him on the stage.

    For no other reason than the fact that his speech would take the spotlight off of Pence.

    • Just A Tranny

      When doesn’t Trump lie?

  • Rex

    I despise both Trump and Cruz.
    I still despise Cruz more.
    He is truly a loathsome individual.

    • Todd20036

      True. But this one time, he spread his loathsomeness to include Drumpf.

      And that’s a very good thing.

      • Rex

        I am taking some sort of sick pleasure of Cruz’s dissing of the Donald, but I still want to smack the smirk off his ugly puss.

      • TominDC

        I suppose when you fling shit at everyone, sooner or later you’re bound to hit someone who deserves it.

    • margaretpoa

      Scary too. He could have united the party in a way Trump never could, with his patina of credibility that comes with a Senate seat.

    • Harley

      I guess that eliminates Ted Cruz from getting a SCOTUS nomination. Good job Cruz.

  • Boy Elvis

    Hate to say it, but this is probably smart on Ted’s part. The likely
    outcome in November is Trump will be crushed by Hillary. Ted clutches
    his breast and goes, “See, America? You should’ve picked me.” He
    parlays this into a future presidential run or at least loads of money
    via speaking engagements. We see this every time a GOP candidate loses a
    general election…he is vilified by his party mates for being weak.

    On
    the off chance that Trump gets elected it will be an even bigger
    disaster, and Cruz will benefit in pretty much the same way. Either way
    he intends to come out of this looking like the hero.

    • margaretpoa

      I disagree. The Trump supporters are going to partly blame Cruz and they outnumber Cruz supporters.

      • Boy Elvis

        Right now they outnumber Cruz’s people, but after November that is liable to change. I think if Trump loses they’ll desert him like rats from a sinking ship. There will be a few hardcores who continue to sing his praises, but by and large the GOP eats its own when they don’t beat Democrats.

        Either way you can be sure that Cruz’s motivation here is to feather his own nest. (That’s an easy guess, though, because that’s always Cruz’s motivation.)

    • clay

      But he won’t have any party help, and probably party-supported primary challengers, when he tries to hold onto his Senate seat.

      • Boy Elvis

        Oh, I’m not saying this is certain to work…I just think that’s why Ted did what he did. I don’t want people to start respecting him for standing up to Trump…we still need to fear and loathe Ted for being the awful self-absorbed fuckweasel he is.

    • lymis

      The GOP isn’t at that point yet. They won’t be looking for what went wrong and what they should do differently. They’ll be looking for someone to blame.

      Cruz painted that target on himself.

      It’s inevitable that if the party survive at all, they’ll need a serious renovation of themselves, if only because a new generation is going to rally around some new vision of what it means to be Republican, and what the GOP has been doing not only doesn’t speak to them, but because it manifestly doesn’t work.

      But Cruz will not be the person they rally around when they do.

      Possibly, at another time and in another context, what Cruz seems to have tried to do might have been a calculated move that could seriously pay off for him. But other than having “I told you so” rights, this really isn’t going to serve Cruz. Certainly not for 2020.

      They won’t be looking for Cruz to be a new fresh view to rally around. They’ll be looking for a scapegoat.

      Couldn’t happen to a more appropriate man.

      • Boy Elvis

        I hope so. I hope Ted has fried too much of the party’s good favor to ever be a viable candidate again. But I do think he intends to portray himself as that lone brave voice who stood up to Trump when everyone else was kissing his ass, and hoping to cash that in if Trump loses.

        • Menergy

          yep, he’s cunning like that.

  • oikos
    • GayOldLady

      Christie, Cruz, Trump, Rubio, Pence, the only difference is suit sizes. Seen one, seen em’ all.

      • Todd20036

        I’m not sure if Christie’s and Drumpf’s suit sizes are all that different.

        • GayOldLady

          That’s true Todd…..Trump is just a taller man in a better tailored suit. But Trump’s ties are a disaster. Why would a man with all that money not wear a tie that’s the right length. His ties cover his fly. Every time I see him I can’t help but wonder why someone doesn’t tell him his hair is a clusterfuck and his ties look like they belong to LeBron James.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Their suits are from Huckabee when he outgrows them.

    • delk

      Did somebody ask Christie if he has any balls?

      • GayOldLady

        Everyone already knows the answer to that question.

      • BuckyB12

        How would he know? He hasn’t seen them in at least 30 years.

      • my guess is “no”

  • WebSlinger
    • Melina Maples Granger

      Webslinger – that is so sickeningly true

  • Butch

    Actually I’m seeing some pretty convincing opinions that Trump scripted the booing to humiliate Cruz. BooMan Tribune lays it out pretty well.

    • clay

      That didn’t work well. Eric and Gingrich were insufficient to redirect the crowd.

  • Craig Howell

    If Cruz really did let tRump know in advance what he was going to do, it would be like the Japanese officially declaring war on the US an hour before Pearl Harbor.

  • lymis

    The real question is whether Trump is even capable of staying on script tonight, without launching into some vile attacks.

    • TrollopeReader

      what if the vile attacks are already loaded into the teleprompter??!!

  • You mean Trump is not threatening to sue?

    • Acronym Jim

      Give it time.

  • Acronym Jim

    I found myself wondering if Cruz gave the acceptance speech he had originally planned for himself, but substituted the words “I” and “will” with “we” and “must.” His inclusion of Muslims, Atheists, and gays sounded like a pivot to a general election.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      And transgender individuals!!!!

  • bkmn

    I knew Lying Ted Cruz was going to lie and I let him do it anyway. Real Presidential.

  • Lawerence Collins

    After this speech. Now its two

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Delete your account, jackass.

  • From what I have heard, they did anticipate the non-endorsement. As with all speakers, the script was released by the Trump campaign to the media in advance, and it did not have the endorsement in it. Of course, some speculated the endorsement would be added as a surprise. But the “vote your conscience” line was in the original scripted speech. Also, Trump surrogates were positioned on the floor to whip up boos. The booing was pre-planned by Trump to hurt Cruz. Now, who comes out of this more harmed remains to be seen — ideally, both are deeply wounded. But in this case, based on the media reports I was reading last night, I believe Trump did know and believed (rightly or wrongly) that he could hurt Cruz more by allowing him to proceed.

  • Gee, I wonder why then Trump looked furious.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Exactly