Editorial: Cruz was right to not endorse

Donald J. Trump and his supporters are angry that U.S. Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Trump in his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Cruz, who finished second to Trump in the GOP primaries, urged Republicans and the viewing audience to not vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton and “to vote their conscience” on November 8. He urged them to vote for local Republicans so the party could retain control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Why did Cruz hold back on endorsing Trump?

Maybe it was because Trump called him a liar – a charge clearly without merit – and labeled him “Lying Ted.” That sort of name calling that Trump relishes can unjustly tarnish someone’s reputation forever. Notice that Cruz did not respond in kind and start calling Trump a derogatory name.

Maybe Cruz didn’t endorse Trump because Trump implied that Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. That was bizarre and mean spirited.

Maybe Cruz held back because Trump attacked Heidi Cruz, Ted’s wife. Again, Cruz had plenty of ammunition to attack Trump’s family but he is above that kind of nonsense.

A full-fledged endorsement from Cruz would have helped Trump at an RNC convention in which the party needed healing. But Cruz couldn’t bring himself to endorse someone who he thinks is unfit for office.

Whether Trump wins or loses on November 8, Cruz plans to run in 2020.

Trump has taken the low road with his name calling in attacks on Cruz, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton. This is not presidential behavior and it could prove very costly to Trump in the general election.