After failing to directly endorse Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention Wednesday, former presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz doubled down on his comments early Thursday during a speech in Cleveland.
“This isn’t a social club - it’s not simply. [President] Reagan gave a powerful speech 40 years ago where he said the Republican Party is not a fraternal order. It’s not just my club; We either stand for shared principles or we are not worth anything,” he said.
“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney that Cruz made a mistake by not endorsing Trump.
“Trump beat him fair and square and all the rest of them too,” he said. “All the rest of the candidates that Trump beat – including Ted – what they need to do is, they need to forgive Mr. Trump” for any unkind words he may have said during the primary campaign.
The former Cruz supporter said he is supporting Trump because “that’s the hand that’s been dealt by the Republican electorate.”
“I know the heat of the campaign and politics; we all need to understand something. We look at our culture. For us to remain civil, we must all stop sinning and begin to forgive and learn how to love each other. That’s my message, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it,” he said.