Ted Cruz snub of Donald Trump ripped as ‘shameful,’ ‘disgraceful’ by Florida delegates

Mike Pence takes the stage in Cleveland. His coming-out speech as Donald Trump's running mate was overshadowed by Ted Cruz's non-endorsement of Trump.

Mike Pence takes the stage in Cleveland. His coming-out speech as Donald Trump’s running mate was overshadowed by Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump.

CLEVELAND — Florida Republican National Convention delegates blasted Ted Cruz after Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump in a prime time speech tonight.

The crowd at Quicken Loans Arena began shouting at Cruz and booing as he neared the end of his remarks and it became clear he wasn’t going to endorse Trump. The Cruz snub overshadowed a coming-out speech by Trump running mate Mike Pence and highlighted ongoing GOP divisions at a time when political parties traditionally unify behind their nominee.

“I was amazed that he came to speak here and didn’t endorse the candidate who invited him. I thought it was very bad form, and you saw the reaction from the delegates. He didn’t do himself any favors,” said former U.S. Sen. George Lemieux.

“Shameful. He should have come out and endorsed Donald Trump tonight,” said Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett. “Ted Cruz squandered a great opportunity. I’m feeling kind of disgusted right now. It ruined a really good moment — an opportunity for the Ted Cruz people and the Donald Trump people to come together. I was hoping for unity. Ted Cruz made another self-serving move. He’s focused on 2020. he doesn’t care about 2016 or winning this election.”

Trump’s Florida campaign co-chairman, Joe Gruters, said Cruz damaged himself and helped Hillary Clinton.

“Everybody that’s watching out there is probably greatly disappointed…It’s going to cost him later on. Anybody who decides to not join the team and support Donald Trump 100 percent is helping Hillary Clinton and that goes for all the other past candidates as well,” Gruters said.

“I think Cruz has killed his political career,” said St. Lucie County GOP Chairman Bill Paterson. “I don’t believe he’ll ever be able to run for the White House and he’s disgraced himself and he is no longer welcome in St. Lucie County as long as I’m the chairman of the party.”

“Disappointed. Disappointed,” said Palm Beach County Republican Vice Chairwoman Tami Donnally.

St. Lucie County Republican State Committeewoman Mary Ann Russell said she thought right up until the end  of Cruz’s remarks that he would endorse Trump.

“I was furious. Furious,” said Russell. “I know he’s upset, I  know he lost, I know his feelings were hurt but it’s time to put your big-boy panties on and he should have endorsed Trump. He knows he’s got a bunch of people here who are still fighting this ‘Never Trump’ movement and all he’s doing is giving Hillary ammunition and I thought it was disgraceful.”

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