To discuss Cruz's speech and what Donald Trump might say on the last night of the RNC, chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, joins "News with Ed" and says he hasn't seen a speech like Cruz's at a convention since 1976.
The dark portrait of America that Mr Trump sketched was a compendium of doomsday statistics that fell apart on close scrutiny of the media. He was booed off the stage as Trump entered during the speech and watched from the audience.
In an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, he raised anew questions about whether, as president, he would come to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally's defense if it were attacked, saying it would depend "if they fulfill their commitments to us". He described an exceedingly violent nation, flooded with murders, when in reality, the violent crime rate has been cut in half since the crack cocaine epidemic hit its peak in 1991, according to Reuters. But he relied on statistics ripe for manipulation, cited misleading numbers on the economy, for example, through selective use of years, data and sources. We haven't been booed once, unlike Ted Cruz whose convention speech was somehow both boring and controversial. Like the snake-oil salesman or bogus Nigerian prince, they attempt to gain our confidence, then exploit our desire to get something for nothing - progress without sacrifice, benefits without cost.
There was also a 2,800% increase in the term "air kiss" after Donald Trump gave his new running-mate one.
Trump's wife, Melania Trump, made the biggest strides toward that goal. "As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America first, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect".
What else can you say to the succession of speakers who barely could bring themselves to mention Donald Trump - that brief Marco Rubio infomercial was a joke - culminating in the chaotic scene that greeted Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse him? Trump didn't mend them with his speech, nor did his surrogates in the convention's four days, despite multiple efforts to do so.
"I don't know his father". For his efforts, he received thunderous applause from delegates, along with shouts of, "We love you Trump!"
Trump even said he might start a super PAC to try to defeat Cruz if he attempts to run again in 2020. I saw exactly what his speech was. Heidi Cruz had to be escorted out as Republicans turned on her husband and Goldman Sachs.
Yet even as they credited Trump with a more diplomatic speech than usual, some delegates still had issues. What I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people can not disagree without challenging each other's character and each other's patriotism.... "He's basically got two choices either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and I don't understand why he wouldn't throw his support behind our nominee knowing how different the world could look if Hillary Clinton gets to make those appointments", DeJarlais told TPM.
"You would think it would occur to him", she continued, piling on the senator, "'Every place I've ever been, everyone has hated me.