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Ted Cruz just refused to endorse Donald Trump at the RNC.

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It’s impossible to pick a craziest moment of the RNC, but Ted Cruz definitely just put himself in the running by delivering a primetime address that ended with telling Americans to ““Stand and speak and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

In other words: he did not endorse Donald Trump.

People had some feelings.

Some very strong feelings.

Some very, very strong feelings.

The Trump family took it comparatively well.

Let’s go in for a closer look.

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At this point, Trump should be getting used to not being endorsed by top GOP stars. Marco Rubio’s support has been tepid, at best. Governor John Kasich has been sitting the whole RNC out, even though it’s taking place in his own state. But Cruz took the fight right to the heart of Mount Trump, and whether or not you agree with a single one of Cruz’s proposed policies, there’s no denying that it was a gangster move.

Cruz’s move did earn him so acclaim from unlikely places. Jon Favreau (President Obama’s former speechwriter — not the Iron Man director) tweeted:

Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie tweeted:

And the former head of Obama’s auto task force, Steven Rattner.

Stay tuned for the big finale on Thursday night. If the past few days are any indication, it should be a doozie.

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To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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