In the wake of Ted Cruz's unpopular speech Wednesday night, former speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio) decried, "Lucifer is back."
The statement, according to Boehner's publicist, was a continuation of his April remarks that the Texas senator is "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a b*tch."
Cruz retorted Thursday morning that he is not "a servile puppy" to Donald Trump, and told questioners at the RNC that he had warned Trump over the phone that he would not endorse him three days ago.
"I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said in his defense for his lack of endorsement.
Texas senator and former GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz was booed off the stage during the Republican National Convention for refusing to endorse Donald Trump.
It was a shocking turn of events for many, who assumed Cruz would only have been invited to speech in exchange for assurances that he'd formally endorse his bitter primary rival Trump, who often called Cruz "Lyin' Ted."
Cruz may have failed to win the presidential nomination, but he officially stole the RNC show by becoming the first primetime speaker of this convention to get booed.
His half-hour long speech only mentioned Trump by name once.
"I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night," Cruz said. "And like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November."
According to CBS News, Cruz addressed recent incidents of gun violence in the country and abroad while emphasizing that, "We're fighting — not for one particular candidate or one campaign — but because each of us wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids...that we did our best for their future, and for our country."
His speech was passive aggressive, to say the least. He urged people to go out and vote in November, but not for the boorish billionaire. Instead, he said to "vote your conscience."
Unfortunately for Cruz, his plea for peace and shallow attempt to show unity did not go over well with the delegates, who were less than amused by his non-endorsement.
Once the crowd realized the direction he was taking, delegates began chanting "Endorse Trump!" It got so heated that Cruz's wife, Heidi, had to be escorted from the convention floor by security.
But it wasn't just the audience that was displeased to hear Cruz speak. Trump and his family's cold reaction to the speech spoke louder than words:
To be fair, anyone with an inkling of dignity would have a difficult time endorsing someone who insulted his spouse and his father, consistently called him a liar, slammed him for his cultural heritage and constantly dragged his name through the mud along the campaign trail.
Of all the original 17 GOP candidates Trump attacked, the final battle between him and surprisingly resilient Cruz was by far the dirtiest. But eventually, Trump clinched the nomination by a landslide after the primaries.
Twitter wasted no time weighing in on Cruz's epic failure of a speech:
Ted Cruz giving a best man speech where he just talks about the groom's exes— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) July 21, 2016
I rarely agree with Ted Cruz. But he's right that you shouldn't vote for a candidate just because a party tells you to. Vote your values.— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) July 21, 2016
Every single Republican who Trump did dirty should've been more like Ted Cruz tonight. Trump's a scoundrel who always hit below the belt.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 21, 2016
Tonight, for the first time in his life, people wanted to like Ted #Cruz - and he totally blew it.— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) July 21, 2016
Poor Donald Trump. Melania steals his thunder for two days by what she did say. And now Ted Cruz steals it for what he didn't. #RNCinCLE— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) July 21, 2016
Trump's aides have for the last week said Cruz would endorse during his convention speech. That, uhh, didnt happen https://t.co/AP5rf0dflk— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) July 21, 2016
Even Trump took to Twitter to express his nonchalant sentiments about the whole debacle.
Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016
Trump found a way to humiliate his rival one last time. He walked into the arena during Cruz's appearance, prompting cameras to cut away from Cruz's speech before it ended.
As for Cruz's call to "vote your conscience," another presidential contender had something to say about that:
Vote your conscience. https://t.co/xahMq2sU1q— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2016
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