FINALLY! Ted Cruz, one of the last Trump-hating holdouts, has endorsed Donald Trump. We are 44 days from the election and the Canadian finally understands that he will not be the Republican nominee.

While it is good that Cruz finally gets it, he lost my trust and respect long ago.

Cruz had it made. He was Trump’s first VP choice, which means he would have been the GOP standard bearer and heir apparent to the White House in 2024 when the Canadian will still be a young (by presidential standards) 53 years old.

But that wasn’t good enough. Canadian Cruz had to have it all and have it now, and some lamebrain on his campaign staff apparently convinced him that with enough manipulating of delegates at the state level he could steal the nomination. So, he turned his back on the best friend he ever made, and began a campaign of slamming Donald Trump, including verbal attacks on the the debate stage.

However, the Canadian made a crucial miscalculation. He believed that the key to winning the nomination was in engineering the delegate count, the will of the people be damned. Perhaps not! When it became apparent (Indiana) that Donald Trump was the people’s choice, the handwriting was on the wall and the Canadian’s chances of capturing the nomination all but disappeared.

But Canadian Cruz wasn’t finished. He had one last shot. He was gifted an opportunity to speak at the Republican National Convention, where he refused to endorse Trump despite the demands of the audience to do so, and was promptly booed off the stage. He still didn’t get it!

So, NOW, in a feeble attempt to repair his wrecked character, Canadian Cruz is doing what he should have done long ago, endorsing the Republican nominee, a pledge he made a year ago. Here is the text of the pledge which was signed by all of the Republican candidates:

“I (name) affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”

Cruz now claims that “After many months of careful consideration, of prayer (still pandering to evangelicals) and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.”

Nice disingenuous try, Ted, but you should have learned long ago that you don’t poop where you eat. You are finished. As a Texan I promise to vote for whichever Republican runs against you in your senatorial primary, and if you are the Republican nominee, I further pledge to vote for your Democrat opponent. At least we know where Democrats stand. We have no further need of shifty, shady, sleazy Republicans in Congress.

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This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election.

In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.

Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.

Six key policy differences inform my decision. First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights — free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment — the Court hangs in the balance. I have spent my professional career fighting before the Court to defend the Constitution. We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices “in the mold of Scalia.”

For some time, I have been seeking greater specificity on this issue, and today the Trump campaign provided that, releasing a very strong list of potential Supreme Court nominees — including Sen. Mike Lee, who would make an extraordinary justice — and making an explicit commitment to nominate only from that list. This commitment matters, and it provides a serious reason for voters to choose to support Trump.

Second, Obamacare. The failed healthcare law is hurting millions of Americans. If Republicans hold Congress, leadership has committed to passing legislation repealing Obamacare. Clinton, we know beyond a shadow of doubt, would veto that legislation. Trump has said he would sign it.

Third, energy. Clinton would continue the Obama administration’s war on coal and relentless efforts to crush the oil and gas industry. Trump has said he will reduce regulations and allow the blossoming American energy renaissance to create millions of new high-paying jobs.

Fourth, immigration. Clinton would continue and even expand President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty. Trump has promised that he would revoke those illegal executive orders.

Fifth, national security. Clinton would continue the Obama administration’s willful blindness to radical Islamic terrorism. She would continue importing Middle Eastern refugees whom the FBI cannot vet to make sure they are not terrorists. Trump has promised to stop the deluge of unvetted refugees.

Sixth, Internet freedom. Clinton supports Obama’s plan to hand over control of the Internet to an international community of stakeholders, including Russia, China, and Iran. Just this week, Trump came out strongly against that plan, and in support of free speech online.

These are six vital issues where the candidates’ positions present a clear choice for the American people.

If Clinton wins, we know — with 100% certainty — that she would deliver on her left-wing promises, with devastating results for our country.

My conscience tells me I must do whatever I can to stop that.

We also have seen, over the past few weeks and months, a Trump campaign focusing more and more on freedom — including emphasizing school choice and the power of economic growth to lift African-Americans and Hispanics to prosperity.

Finally, after eight years of a lawless Obama administration, targeting and persecuting those disfavored by the administration, fidelity to the rule of law has never been more important.

The Supreme Court will be critical in preserving the rule of law. And, if the next administration fails to honor the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then I hope that Republicans and Democrats will stand united in protecting our fundamental liberties.

Our country is in crisis. Hillary Clinton is manifestly unfit to be president, and her policies would harm millions of Americans. And Donald Trump is the only thing standing in her way.

A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment. And if you don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency, I encourage you to vote for him.