Friday’s announcement from Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) that he would be voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump in November shocked the political world, especially the conservative side of the aisle and Cruz’s supporters.
After Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump during the Republican national convention in July, along with Trump’s repeated personal attacks on Cruz and his family, most believed Cruz would continue to hold out through the election.
Many of Cruz’s supporters took to Twitter following his announcement Friday to share their disapproval with his decision. One of those who has traditionally been on Cruz’s side tweeted his sentiment by sharing Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down.”
That person was conservative superstar Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.), who is a firm member of the #NeverTrump movement.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 23, 2016
Sasse didn’t mention Cruz or his endorsement specifically, but it’s clear the tweet was directed at the announcement.
Fellow senator and #NeverTrump member Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said after Cruz’s announcement Friday that he would not follow Cruz’s lead and will not endorse the Republican nominee.
In response to a request for comment, a spokesman for Sasse told TheBlaze that the Nebraska senator believes this is a “matter of conscience” while declining to further comment on Cruz’s decision.
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