The Republican National Convention erupted in boos Wednesday night as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz offered a lengthy speech that did not include an endorsement of presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump himself wrote on Twitter that he had seen Cruz’s speech two hours prior to the incident. Trump said Cruz had not lived up to an agreement signed last year by all Republican presidential hopefuls, noted Cruz was booed off stagebut added that the speech is “no big deal.”

It was a big deal not only todelegatesbut a number of prominent Trump supporters.

Gov. Chris Christie called the speech “awful” and called Cruz “selfish.” He suggested it’s an example of why Cruz is unpopular with his colleagues in the Senate.

Cruz used to controversy within GOP ranks.

Cruz appeared unfazed by the reaction, and probably was. His political career has been built on offending the powers that be. In 2012, most of the Texas GOP establishment favored David Dewhurst for the senate seat being vacated by Sen.

Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz enjoyed the support of such notable GOP outsiders as former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and radio host Mark Levin.

Republican leaders don’t like him.

Once in the Senate, Cruz frequently clashed with members of the Republican establishment, including senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain and Orrin Hatch. His efforts to shut down the federal government during a budget dispute was seen as extreme by the GOP’s old guard. He was also accused of interfering unnecessarily with the Republican races for leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Cruz faces voters again in 2018.

Cruz is up for re-election in 2018and is presumed to want to campaign for the presidency again in 2020. The impact of Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump among rank-and-file Trump supporters in Texas remains to be seen. It is generally taken for granted that Cruz will not receive support from most Republican office-holders in Washington, D.C. As both he and Trump demonstrated this year, however, support from established leaders means very little to a presidential candidate’s success.

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