CLEVELAND — Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s striking snub of Donald Trump — and the cascade of boos that followed it — has ratcheted up the tension around his scheduled visit to Georgia on Friday to stump for an anti-establishment congressional candidate.
Cruz is hosting a “Rally for Freedom” for state Sen. Mike Crane on Friday that could draw a protest from the Georgia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, which is smarting over the state senator’s remarks on no-knock warrants, and could fast become a focal point for Georgia’s anti-Trump movement.
The visit comes after Cruz’s show-stopping speech Wednesday at the Republican National Convention all but destroyed the party’s efforts to portray a united front and reopened lingering wounds in the Georgia GOP.
The Texas senator emerged as the undisputed face of the Republican resistance to Trump when he refused to endorse his party’s nominee, dividing a Georgia delegation torn over whether he’s a principled conservative or a selfish White House wannabe.
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