Anyone who thinks this is an election of ideas, as House Speaker Paul Ryan haplessly said at the convention on Tuesday, has somehow missed the one fact that truly matters: Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have won their parties' nominations in spite of the facts and each of their long documented records of disregarding or at least embellishing the truth.
Sen. Cruz broke that pledge while standing before thousands of delegates and millions of television viewers.
One Texas delegate called Cruz's speech, which asked people to "vote their conscience", a middle finger to the entire convention. "If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, 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".
Killings in Washington, D.C., were up 50 percent, Trump will say.
Pressed by the Texas delegates, he reminded them that Trump had said his father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and disparaged his wife, adding he "wouldn't be a servile puppy dog". Trump had the votes to become the nominee, but he sought to minimize demonstrations of support for other candidates.
Mr Trump's speech was created to set the tone for the general election campaign against Mrs Clinton, and as an answer to Republicans who say the best way he can unify the divided party is to detail why the Democrat should not be elected on 8 November.
It's hard to know how we'll be thinking about the Republican National Convention a few weeks from now, no less a few years from now. While some cheered Cruz, others said he made an opportunistic play - probably to set up the possiblity of a campaign in 2020.
Trump's speech will close out a four-day conclave in Cleveland that exposed continuing divisions among Republicans over their nominee at a time when they need to unite for a looming battle against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the November 8 election. The result was a moment of high drama in the convention hall, as delegates booed Cruz angrily and waved their arms, and some even rushed the stage.
Jeff Lominac, a Catawba County delegate who worked for Cruz in the primaries, said some Cruz delegates have felt ostracized this week. "If you can't say nothing nice, keep your mouth shut", Mathis said.
"Donald, you're a sniveling coward".
"You do not build unity by castigating those you wish to unify with", he said.
"Folks, it's only July", Toth told reporters. "We are going to have an immigration system that works, but works for the American people", Trump pledged, noting that he has received endorsements from U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Mathis told BuzzFeed News later that Toth apologized to him afterwards and that they had prayed together.
"And to those listening, please, don't stay home in November", Cruz said (according to a prepared copy of his remarks), actively avoiding speaking the name of the orange wraith.
"Coming down the elevator with him, I'm telling him, 'There's likely to be boos on introduction, '" Roe said. "Any rational political person here would not go".
Ivanka Trump was literally the show-stopper on Donlad Trump's big night at RNC. That's the first measurement.
"It's time that we have an administration that cares more about Americans than about illegals", Mendoza said. Like, give a speech, juice 'em up, and then get the heck out of the room. "And he's sitting there taking questions...a lot of questions".
"That's a dumb, dumb, thing, " Manafort said during a breakfast on Monday hosted by Bloomberg Politics. "We always run scared".