Illinois Delegates Erupt in Anger Over Cruz Speech

First there was warm applause, then restlessness, then all-out anger and rage. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz began his speech Wednesday by congratulating Donald Trump, but he did not mention the GOP presidential nominee's name again. As Cruz touched on themes of inclusion, freedom, and law and order, delegates' cheers quickly turned to jeers.

"Say his name!" shouted members of the Illinois delegation repeatedly, interrupting Cruz.

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"Shame!" shouted another delegate.

As the speech wrapped up, the Illinois delegation joined the rest of the Quicken Loans Arena erupting in boos.

"This is an absolute disgrace," said Trump delegate John Lynch from Orland Park. "For him to advise everyone to 'vote your conscience' rather than endorsing our nominee is totally disgraceful. Ted Cruz needs to go back to Texas."

Speeches by Eric Trump and vice president candidate Mike Pence were warmly received. 

But the buzz among the crowd remained focused  on Cruz's lack of endorsement as delegates left the arena and boarded buses back to their hotels.

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