When I wrote this three months ago, I figured it would end badly, but not so eerily like the actual Purple Wedding with a sadistic, incompetent child-king who cannot help but use his moment of glory to lord it over his prostrate opponents.
And then he ate the pie.
From the New York Times:
Ted Cruz Stirs Republican Fury in Pointed Snub of Donald TrumpCLEVELAND — The Republican convention erupted into tumult on Wednesday night as the bitter primary battle between Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz reignited unexpectedly, crushing hopes that the party could project unity.In the most electric moment of the convention, a clamor broke out as it became clear that Mr. Cruz was not going to endorse Mr. Trump, pointedly snubbing the party nominee from center stage on the eve of Mr. Trump’s formal acceptance speech.As hundreds of delegates chanted “Vote for Trump!” and “Keep Your Pledge,” Mr. Cruz attempted to dismiss the outburst as “enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” only to have Mr. Trump himself, stone-faced and clearly angry, suddenly appear in the back of the convention hall and flash a thumbs-up at the delegates.Mr. Cruz was all but drowned out as he asked for God’s blessing on the country and left the stage, while security personnel escorted his wife, Heidi, out of the hall. One delegate yelled “Goldman Sachs!” at her — a reference to the company that has employed her, a job that Mr. Trump attacked during the primaries...
Let's dispense with this fiction that Ted Cruz doesn't know what he's doing. Ted Cruz knows exactly what he's doing: https://t.co/GmS5Qtc3YM— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 21, 2016
Ted Cruz is the hero the American conservative movement deserves.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 21, 2016
Tonight's convention debacle proves that Donald Trump is a terrible dealmaker. https://t.co/9oGAHGjo9e— Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 21, 2016