Thursday, July 21, 2016
Day 3 at the Republican National Dumpster Fire -- Ted Cruz Throws A Stink Bomb...
and refuses to endorse Trump.
All hell breaks loose as Cruz is booed and jeered off the stage. (That's JEERED, not cheered.)
The Cruz stink bomb came before v.p. nominee Mike Pence's big moment and diminished his impact. All anyone is talking about is what Cruz did NOT do --endorse Trump.
I've never seen anything like what happened on Wednesday night.
This is the continuation of a hot mess of a horrendously chaotic and ugly convention. It shows the American people, once again, that Trump is incapable of running a smooth, cohesive convention, and that's an insight on how he'd govern if this country goes completely mad and sends him to Washington.
Ted Cruz just humiliated Donald Trump by refusing to endorse him during his convention speech
What a disaster. Everyone watching this prime time just saw a speaker at Trump's convention refuse to endorse him and luxuriate in it. — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 21, 2016
Master dealmaker Trump couldn't extract an explicit endorsement from Cruz in exchange for a primetime speaking slot. — Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 21, 2016
If the point of a convention is to unify the party and reach out to broader electorate, it's been an unmitigated disaster so far. — Philip Klein (@philipaklein) July 21, 2016
Finally, this from Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo:
"... the GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord.
On his own Trump is simply a bracing case study in abnormal psychology. But he didn't shoot to within reach of the most powerful office in the world by happenstance. He is the product of a political and cultural breakdown on the American right, a swaggering reductio ad absurdum of every breach and breakdown and violation of extra-statutory norms we've seen over the last two or three decades."