Donald Trump graciously extended an invitation to his main rival, Ted Cruz, to speak at his
coronation convention. Cruz congratulated Trump for winning the nomination, expounded at length on Republican values, attacked Hillary Clinton, President Obama and the Democrats, and exhorted the crowd to show up in November and vote their conscience.
After the speech, Trump appeared on the stage with Cruz, linked arms with him, with Heidi and Melania, waving to the adoring crowd.
And snowballs rose up from Hades, striking the flying pigs. Except for part about Cruz’s speech. That actually did happen.
In the closing moments of Cruz’s speech, when it became obvious that the Senator was not going to pledge personal fealty to the Orange Throne, the Trumpkins became agitated and started chanting. They whipped up a frenzy that caused RNC staffers to escort Heidi Cruz from the floor amid chants of “Goldman Sachs” according to Megyn Kelly. And they called Cruz “classless.”
Trump wasn’t in the room when Cruz spoke, until the speech ended. He didn’t appear on the platform. Cruz’s speech was scheduled for 9:45pm, which Cruz mass emailed to everyone on his mailing list. Then the RNC changed the time at the last minute to 9:30 without warning. Oops, maybe some of his supporters missed it.
I won’t blame the RNC for the power glitches that plagued Cruz’s speech, where the video wall kept jumping and blacking out like Max Headroom. Since Apple wasn’t in the room, having withdrawn all support from the #TrumpCircus, apparently nobody could figure out how to fix it.
Then the Trumpkins, along with the media, were out in force, calling Cruz’s lack of a by-name specific endorsement “classless” and predicting Cruz’s fade from the political scene, and his doom in 2020. Some of these people couldn’t predict their way out of a Walmart parking lot.
At least Stuart Rothenberg gave Cruz credit for following his own conscience.
Wow. You gotta give Cruz credit for doing what he believes — and refusing to do what he thinks is wrong.
— Stuart Rothenberg (@StuPolitics) July 21, 2016
But Trumpkins gotta Trump for their Cheeto Jesus.
People who support Trump because he "tells it like it is" are mad that Ted Cruz didn't lie and say he is in favor of what Trump stands for.
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) July 21, 2016
The grace and unity from Trump supporters was palpable. It’s obvious that Cruz gave a speech gunning for 2020, while not disparaging the nominee. Suddenly the 40 percent who voted for Trump–many of them who have behaved like jackasses–have become the arbiters of what is “classless.”
Even Cruz supporters like Chuck Woolery turned on Cruz because he made some remarks uncomfortable to Branch Trumpidians (if the shoe fits…).
I'm sorry. Mr Cruz I have supported you and backed you to the end. Your speech tonight was a great disappointment to me. Bad Form Sir.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) July 21, 2016
Unity, Trump style is still “convert or die.” His Twitter hordes, along with their Moscow-controlled tweet-bots and troll farms, still move according to their master’s whims. The one person who attended Trump’s coronation and escaped with his integrity and conscience intact is Ted Cruz.
Bravo, Senator. You will be rewarded for your stand after Trump reaps the whirlwind.