Gingrich RNC speech originally referenced Cruz endorsement of Trump: report
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican National Convention speech may have originally contained a line concerning an endorsement of Donald Trump by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), The New Yorker reported.
The magazine posted a picture of the teleprompter during Gingrich’s appearance following Cruz. The monitor contains the line, “Senator Ted Cruz in particular made the key point that we need to elect the Trump-Pence Republican ticket,” as seen below.
Here's a better shot of what Newt's monitor said regarding Cruz's endorsement of Trump-Pence. pic.twitter.com/eHC4UDxLkj
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 21, 2016
But the Tea Party lawmaker failed to endorse Trump, or even mention him by name more than once, prompting boos from the audience and an angry reaction online.
Instead, Gingrich said, “To paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the Constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this fall is the Trump-Pence Republican ticket.”
According to Talking Points Memo, the remarks were not part of the prepared statements sent to the press by convention officials.
Watch footage from Gingrich’s speech, as posted online, below.