Senator and former GOP presidential clown car passenger Ted Cruz just spoke at the Republican convention, and the big endorsement of Donald Trump for which everyone was waiting never came.

In fact, Cruz only gave Donald a single mention at the top of the address: “I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.” And then he never mentioned Trump again.

By the time he got to the end of his speech where he urged people to “vote your conscience,” the audience began to revolt and started jeering and booing him. Wow.

He mentioned President Obama three times (four if you count “Obamacare”) and mentioned Hillary three times. Not favorably, of course! But at least they got more attention than the Republican candidate who Cruz’s speech was meant to help elect.

On another note, Cruz also said: “Freedom means free speech, not politically correct safe spaces.” Which is a remarkable thing to say on any day, but particularly on the day when Twitter permanently suspended the account of prominent conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos for orchestrating a vile campaign of racist and misogynist harassment against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.

Those safe spaces for which Cruz has such contempt are often the only places in which marginalized people have the freedom to speak without being harassed and threatened and silenced.

But I’m guessing Cruz cares about that about as much as he cares about Donald Trump.

Which is to say: Not very much at all.

UPDATE: Newt Gingrich had to alter his prepared remarks to account for Cruz’s non-endorsement.

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