Four and a half months after suspending his own campaign, Ted Cruz finally came forward and announced that he will be voting for Donald Trump. While Trump supporters are asking, “What took him so long?”, some of Cruz’s own supporters are raking him over the coals for caving in and standing on the side of “NeverHillary.”
Talk show host Glenn Beck tore into Cruz when he called into Beck’s program Monday trying to explain his decision, and why he went from his “vote your conscience” speech at the GOP convention to saying he will vote for Trump.
Beck accused Cruz of abandoning his principals, not even satisfied when Cruz pointed out that Clinton will do “enormous damage to this country.”
Beck pounded Cruz on why he suddenly changed his mind, when all the facts are the same. He said, “So am I supposed to now vote for him, or am I supposed to vote for my conscience?”
Cruz told Beck he could still vote his conscience, and claimed what he really meant in Cleveland was that he was “trying to lay out a path to uniting Republicans and lay out a path to winning… and in particular, I was saying to the Trump campaign, This is how you earn my vote and how you earn the vote of other conservatives – you defend freedom and defend the Constitution. This is about principals and ideas. That’s the test I’m applying. What I do know is that Hillary Clinton fails that test profoundly.”
Beck replied, “Yeah, we’ve known that for 25 years.” But he still pressed Cruz on whether Trump is “fit to be president of the United States.”
Cruz said Clinton will do enormous damage to the country, and said with the issue of the Supreme Court judges to be appointed, “almost every one of our constitutional rights hangs in the balance… the next president will nominate a justice that will either uphold the individual right to keep and bear arms or attempt to revoke it forever.”
Beck said he agreed with that, but still wasn’t satisfied, saying, “But you had all this information the day you dropped out of the race and said that Donald Trump is a sociopathic liar.”
Cruz agreed he’d had “significant disagreements with Donald Trump” but “the primary is over – we are in a general election with a… with a binary choice.”
“So a man, who you cannot come on and say, ‘Yes, Glenn, he is fit to be president of the United States,’ I still am encouraged by you to abandon my principles and vote [for him] because it’s a binary choice?” Beck shot back.
Cruz said the list of names Trump put out for potential Supreme Court nominees gave him reassurance that Trump would protect the Constitution.
He said another thing that won him over was when Trump supported his fight to protect the internet and prevent controls of the internet from being handed over to other countries.
Toward the end of the interview, Beck admitted that he would sell advertising to Clinton on his program – and Cruz indicated that he has rented his mailing list to the Trump campaign.
After the interview, Beck said that it was the first time he had heard Cruz be “calculating” in his answers. “It’s my fault for believing men can actually be George Washington,” Beck said. “It’s my fault.” He said maybe he should have backed Marco Rubio instead.
Audio of complete interview:
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