Ted Cruz’s long speech at the RNC ended without the Texas Senator overtly endorsing Donald Trump — but instead urging voters to “vote your conscience.” The latter phrase is code among Trump resisters, meaning that since Mr. Trump doesn’t fit the model of “true conservative” Republicans are free to vote how they wish, rather than support the party nominee. “Vote your conscience” essentially means “he’s not our guy.”
Cruz was booed in Cleveland, where Trump supporters dominate. But his stand impressed the Conservative Review — bastion of traditional conservatism. “Cruz faced intense pressure to fall in line behind the nominee, although the Trump campaign offered no apologies for the disgraceful way it smeared Cruz in the primary contests.” It was pressure he resisted. The CR reminded voters that Cruz’s advice to “vote your conscious” is “something that should not be controversial.” It might be noted that the writer of the CR article is Ted Cruz’s Communications veteran, Amanda Carpenter.
This is the speech of Cruz’s life.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 21, 2016