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Ted Cruz booed by audience for not 'endorsing' Donald Trump

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Ted Cruz, at the Republican National Convention on 20 July, was booed at by the crowd for not endorsing GOP nominee Donald Trump in his speech.

According to a report in CNN, Cruz, during his whole speech only congratulated Trump once and instead spoke on ideological brand of conservatism. He said, "I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night," he said. "And like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November."

But, interrupting Cruzs' speech, when the crowd starting shouting "Trump!" and "We want Trump!" "Don't stay home in November," Cruz wrapped up his speech and walked off the stage, Vox reported.

However, while Cruz wrapped up his speech, Trump appeared in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and flashed a thumbs up - a gesture which transmitted anger at the Texas senator's behviour, CNN reported.

Reacting to Ted Cruzs' speech, Trump took to Twitter to vent his feelings. He tweeted, "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!"

Towards the end of his speech, Cruz said, "Stand and speak and vote your conscience."

According to a report in CNN, people approached Cruz and insulted him. One state party chairman was so angry that he had to be restrained.

Hillary Clinton's campaign seized on Cruz's speech as well, tweeting: "Vote your conscience."

First published: 21 July 2016, 10:53 IST