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Cruz upends Republican convention, refuses to back Trump

Cheers among activists for Senator Ted Cruz turned to jeers as it became clear he had not come to Cleveland to back the party nomineeOnetime presidential challenger Ted Cruz shocked the Republican convention by thumbing his nose at Donald Trump and urging Americans to “vote their conscience,” sending the 2016 nominee’s bid to unify the party careening off course. Cruz received a standing ovation as he took the stage, but cheers turned to boos when it became clear the US senator from Texas did not come to Cleveland to endorse his former rival. Trump himself tipped the drama needle into the red by striding into the arena shortly before Cruz finished speaking, giving a thumbs up to people in the arena and surveying the remarkable scene of delegates thrown into turmoil by the Texan’s remarks, and who hounded him off the stage.

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