By COLlive reporter
The third day at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, was marred by Texas Senator Ted Cruz‘s refusal to endorse his former rival and party’s nominee Donald Trump.
In his speech on Wednesday night, Cruz said to “Vote your conscience” without mentioning Trump’s name. He was continuously booed by the crowd.
“Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge!” Trump fired back on Twitter. “I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!”
On Thursday morning, Cruz defended himself by saying “I’m not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.”
Trump linked Ted Cruz’s father to the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat representing Brooklyn, issued a statement offering a solution that would ease Cruz’s personal hurt.
“Over the past year, Donald Trump has, too often, indulged in a behavior that has embarrassed us all,” he said. “Whether it be insulting the wives of presidential candidates on their appearances or degrading those with physical disabilities, Americans nationwide have grown disgusted with Trump’s reprehensible behavior.”
“Even still, Hillary Clinton isn’t an option and as a result,” said Hikind about the Democratic presidential nominee.
“As I try to wrap my mind around supporting someone who has continued to maliciously attack and malign so many, a simple apology from Trump would go a long way in making it easier to support him.
“By not acknowledging your mistakes, Donald, you are only reinforcing the very behavior people have grown so disgusted with. Realize that you have the potential to be the next President of the United States.
“Please do the right thing. Show us that you can acknowledge your mistakes, so that we can believe in you more and move forward as a country. Just say ‘I’m sorry.'”
Unlike Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio urged the GOP to unite in support of Trump in a video message to the convention.