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Republican National Convention: Five reactions to Ted Cruz's non-endorsement of Trump

In one of the strangest turns of events to happen at the Republican National Convention (which is really saying something,) Republican nominee Donald Trump invited former presidential candidate and conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — the man nicknamed "lyin' Ted" during the primary season — to speak on his behalf on Wednesday night.

Surprisingly, that decision did not work all that well.

Cruz refused to endorse Trump during his speech, even with the entire crowd at the convention hall screaming at him to do so, and what's more, Cruz sounded like he was chiding the GOP on their decision to name Trump the nominee.

“I want to see the principles our party believes prevail in November," Cruz said. “What if this, right now, is our last time? ... Did we live up to our values? Did we do all we could? That’s really what elections should be about.... We’re fighting, not for one particular candidate or one campaign, but because each of us wants to be able to tell our kids and grandkids... that we did our best for their future, and for our country.”

“Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheist.”

Check out the reactions to Cruz's speech:

First off, listen to this crowd just absolutely turn on Cruz:

They were really angry:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was having none of it from Cruz:

This entire CNN panel shocked by speech:

Trump also had this to say on Twitter:

The crowd became so hostile that Ted Cruz's wife Heidi had to be escorted out by security: 

People began to discuss whether Cruz committed political suicide by not endorsing Trump, and then Cruz started getting banned from parties. 

It was madness:

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Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is a news and health reporter for The Oklahoman. He grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Read more ›