- Ted Cruz was booed at the end of his speech to the Republican National Convention, after he told people to vote their conscience, having failed to endorse Donald Trump. Ken Cuccinelli had to escort Heidi Cruz off the convention floor because Trump supporters were threatening her. Afterward at least one state party chairperson was not happy about Cruz’s speech and security had to hustle Ted and Heidi Cruz away. Stephen Miller keeps this in perspective:
Don't want to hear a word. If Cruz was the nominee right now Trump would be running 3rd party or endorsing Hillary—
Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 21, 2016
So, to summarize, Trump knew what was coming, apparently planned the boos, and planned to take advantage of the situation in order to vindictively rip open a Republican rift that hurts his own campaign, and cast Cruz as a traitor.
Then he lied about it.
Last night, Ted Cruz took his set of titanium huevos and walked onstage at the Republican National Convention. He gave a rousing defense of Republican principles and policy ideas and told everyone to vote their conscience up and down the ticket, helping anyone who supports the Constitution.
In a stunningly self-indicting move, Trump supporters interpreted this call to vote one’s conscience as a call to not support Donald Trump. Trump campaign manager Paul “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb” Manafort orchestrated a public booing fest.
Ted Cruz has never been my favorite politician. And I am not so naïve that I don’t recognize the gamble Cruz is making.
But if the choice is between forgiving Ted Cruz’s obvious political calculation to become the standard bearer of an authentic conservatism or Donald Trump’s lizard-brain narcissism where no principle or cause outranks his own glandular desire to be worshipped, like a conqueror atop the carcass of conservatism, I choose Ted.
- Ted Cruz spoke to the Texas delegation to the Republican National Convention this morning and explained why he didn’t endorse Trump in spite of his pledge to support the nominee:
“I’ll tell you the day that pledge was abrogated,” Cruz said. “The day that was abrogated was the day this became personal … I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.”
The crowd cheered loudly.
“And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander and attack Heidi, that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father,” Cruz said.
Someone yelled out that Cruz needed to get over it, but he responded angrily.
“No, this is not politics,” Cruz said. “I will tell the truth. I will not malign, I will not insult, I will not attack, I will tell the truth. This is not a game. It is not politics. Right and wrong matters. We have not abandoned who we are in this country. No, sir, I do not believe that is correct.”
Cruz’s response to the booing at the end of last night’s speech:
“If we can’t make the case to the American people that voting for our party’s nominee is consistent with voting your conscience, is consistent with defending freedom and being faithful to the Constitution, then we are not going to win and we don’t deserve to win,” he said.
- A reminder from last September:
Rick Perry says Ted Cruz has “some explaining to do” and that failing to endorse Donald Trump amounts to helping Hillary Clinton. That’s B.S.
A New York Times reporter interviewed Donald Trump about foreign policy yesterday, and it was disastrous. Among the highlights:
When asked what he hoped people would take away from the convention, Mr. Trump said, “The fact that I’m very well liked.”
I’ll let psychologists deal with that one. Here’s a green light for continued Russian adventurism:
He even called into question whether, as president, he would automatically extend the security guarantees that give the 28 members of NATO the assurance that the full force of the United States military has their back.
For example, asked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are the most recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”
Trump admires Erdogan:
Mr. Trump had nothing but praise for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s increasingly authoritarian but democratically elected leader. “I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around,” Mr. Trump said of the coup attempt on Friday night. “Some people say that it was staged, you know that,” he said. “I don’t think so.”
Trump sounds like Barack Obama talking down the U.S.:
Asked if Mr. Erdogan was exploiting the coup attempt to purge his political enemies, Mr. Trump did not call for the Turkish leader to observe the rule of law, or Western standards of justice. “When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don’t think we are a very good messenger,” he said.
Here’s a confidence builder on the Kurdish issue:
Mr. Trump said he was convinced that he could persuade Mr. Erdogan to put more effort into fighting the Islamic State. But the Obama administration has run up, daily, against the reality that the Kurds — among the most effective forces the United States is supporting against the Islamic State — are being attacked by Turkey, which fears they will create a breakaway nation.
Asked how he would solve that problem, Mr. Trump paused, then said: “Meetings.”
- After The New Yorker published an interview with Tony Schwartz (Donald Trump’s ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal), Trump’s lawyers sent Schwartz a cease and desist letter and demanded that he return his royalties. Trump can be a real scumbag.
Roger Ailes resigned as CEO and chairman of Fox News after a sexual harassment investigation. Rupert Murdoch will fill in until a replacement is hired.
The Texas Secretary of State initiated a criminal investigation into illegal voting in Hill County during the March primary. It appears that 1,743 more votes were cast than there were voters. Hill County is part of House District 8, where the incumbent RINO, Byron Cook, won by 222 votes.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against Russia’s appeal of the doping ban that would keep the entire Russian team out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The man who attacked people on a German train with an ax was actually from Pakistan, not Afghanistan — he lied to German immigration authorities so he could obtain asylum status.
French prosecutors say the Nice terrorist planned his attack for months and he had accomplices.
Claire Berlinski ponders who planned the military coup in Turkey:
It’s hard to overstate how sinister this turn of events is for Turkey. Mass trials are already underway. Defendants have been escorted by men brandishing weapons. They are not soldiers, nor are they wearing police uniforms. While Islamists weren’t the only faction of Turkish society opposed to the coup, the coup has unleashed all of Turkey’s Islamist psychopaths, sociopaths, criminals, and thugs; they have been verbally authorized to walk the streets and defend the nation against coup plots. The government has suggested it should be easier for people to acquire guns so they can defend the nation against coups. (It was not difficult to begin with.) Just as nationalists and police from Erdoğan’s ruling AKP party were recently unleashed against the Kurdish population in the southeast, they have now been emboldened to pursue any and all dissenters in Turkey.