After Cruz’s non-endorsement speech at the Republican National Convention, he went up to mix and mingle at the luxury box suite of GOP billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson Wednesday evening… and wasn’t even allowed in the door.
Independent Journal Review reported that a former U.S. senator who was in the suite told that Cruz was stopped at the door, as several people there were furious with his refusal to endorse Trump.
Washington State Republican Party chairman Susan Hutchison was so angry with Cruz when he came up to the suite, she had to be physically restrained.
CNN reported that Cruz had been invited to come up to visit the Adelson’s, but when he failed to endorse Trump, the invitation was rescinded. “When he didn’t endorse, they were stunned and disappointed,” said Andy Abboud, a senior aide to Adelson.
“We could not allow Ted Cruz to use the Adelsons as a prop against Donald Trump,” he added. “The Adelsons support Donald Trump and made that clear. They like Ted Cruz, but there was no way the Adelsons were going to be the first stop after not endorsing. That would be disrespectful to our nominee.”
Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney, said on CNN that “the only way to describe it is political suicide.”
Just to confirm where Adelson stood, Abboud tweeted out this picture:
The Adelson’s with their choice for President! pic.twitter.com/gYsHBeT9AS
— Andy Abboud (@AndyAbboud) July 21, 2016
At a meeting Thursday morning Cruz faced harsh questions from the Texas delegation. “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Cruz responded.
Instead of endorsing Trump, Cruz told the audience to “vote your conscience.” Hillary Clinton made good use of that line immediately, with this Twitter message:
Vote your conscience. https://t.co/xahMq2sU1q
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2016
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