Senator Ted Cruz, who was the last man standing against Trump in the Republican primary, endorsed his former opponent on September 23.
Cruz famously refused to endorse Trump in an unusual speech to the Republican National Convention, where he urged delegates to vote their “conscience.”
But as Trump’s poll numbers rose prior to the first presidential debate in late-September, Cruz had second thoughts.
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Why did it take so long? In the course of the primary campaign Trump tweeted a meme mocking the face of Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi. The tweet is still posted to Trump’s account.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
“Donald, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Heidi alone,” Cruz said after Trump posted the tweet.
Trump also promoted a theory that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination.
Trump never apologized to Cruz for his attacks on his wife and father.
But now, Cruz appears to be blaming the “mainstream media” for his eventual endorsement of Trump. He claims the media’s failure to release a tape where Trump brags about sexually assaulting women is evidence of “bias.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 9, 2016
It’s unclear exactly what Cruz is alleging. Does he believe the “mainstream media” withheld the tape in hopes of baiting him into endorsing Trump.
Trump is rumored to be considering withdrawing his endorsement, which would be embarrassing just two weeks after reversing his earlier decision not to endorse. He’s now seeking someone else to blame.