The Cruz Fallout: “An Extraordinary Scene The Like Of Which Has Not Been Seen In A Generation”
In some ways, the scandal that took place last night at the Republican national convention, was not a surprise.
Reportedly those who mattered, knew in advance what was coming. AsBloomberg writes, earlier in the day, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he would be personally viewing the Cruz speech in advance. “I’m comfortable that Senator Cruz is going to talk about his vision for America,” Manafort said. “He’ll give a sign of where he is on Donald Trump that will be pleasing to the Trump campaign and to Republicans.” Cruz told Trump two days ago he wouldn’t be endorsing him Wednesday night, and that the Trump folks knew what to expect in his speech, according to Cruz strategist Jason Johnson.
This goes to a question Bloomberg posed shortly after the speech: “the problem for Trump wasn’t just the lack of an endorsement from Cruz. The speech raised questions about why Trump — who has campaigned on his extraordinary negotiating skills — allowed Cruz to take stage.”
“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!” Trump said late Wednesday on Twitter.
However, for many when Ted Cruz decided to snub Donald Trump
with his refusal to officially endorse the presidentical candidate, it was a stunning surprise, and led the
crowd in Cleveland to erupt in a chorus of boos while the political media exploded. – READ MORE